Planning Applications on Land East of Maghull
In April 2017, Sefton Council adopted its Local Plan.
In essence this provides the local policies and land use designations to shape the borough and identifies how Sefton will meet its future housing and employment needs to 2030.
It was prepared by the Council following extensive consultation, and in line with the requirements of Government guidance, policies and national legislation. It was agreed as legally 'sound' by a Department of Communities and Local Government appointed Inspector.
Policy MN3 of the Local Plan relates to the largest single allocation, known as Land East of Maghull. The Government Inspector has endorsed this site as “a strategic mixed use allocation, accepting that this will provide a comprehensive high quality, well-designed sustainable urban extension containing integrated, distinctive, safe and secure residential neighbourhoods, a Business Park and improvements to local infrastructure”. His agreement to the Local Plan and this particular allocation took the site out of the designated Green Belt.
Sefton Council has also adopted a Supplementary Planning Document for Land East of Maghull. This provides further detailed guidance regarding the Council's expectations for the site, including the need for a comprehensive masterplan. This is still subject to discussion with both sets of applicants and critically this masterplan must be agreed by Sefton Council before any planning applications can be approved.
The Council received and has now validated two planning applications submitted by (a) Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes (b) the East Maghull Consortium concerning the southern and most of the northern parts of the Land East of Maghull site respectively.
Application (a) (reference DC/2017/01532) proposes the following:- Hybrid application seeking full planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of 830 residential dwellings (C3), new vehicular accesses off Poverty Lane, public open space and ancillary infrastructure and outline planning permission for an older persons housing scheme (C2, C3) and ancillary infrastructure with all matters reserved.
Application (b) (reference DC/2017/01528) proposes the following:- Outline application with some matters reserved (scale, appearance, layout & landscaping) for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of up to 855 residential dwellings (C3), an older persons housing scheme with access also reserved (C2, C3) , a mixed-use Local Centre (Uses (A1-A5, C3, D1, D2); together with associated public open space, landscaping, highways, Sustainable Drainage Systems, and all ancillary infrastructure works.
Both applications are now subject to statutory publicity and notifications that the Council is legally obliged to undertake. This includes (as a minimum) notification of neighbours to the sites, press and site notices and notification of a series of further consultees. It may be that further clarification or changes to the planning applications may be sought from the applicants, in which case, further information will be uploaded to the relevant planning webpages and update notifications may be required.
Following all the legal requirements, a decision will eventually be made on both Planning applications by Planning Committee including endorsement of a masterplan for the site.
Comments can be made by clicking the highlighted references above, and while these will not be responded to individually, will be addressed within the subsequent committee reports.
For applications of this scale, complexity, significance and public interest, it is difficult to predict the timeline or the outcome. However, this page will be updated regularly.
Petrol Filling Station and Drive-Through Restaurants Application
In addition to the above applications which remain pending consideration, the Council has now received an application concerning the north east corner of the Land East of Maghull site for ‘Erection of a petrol station, drive through cafe and two drive through restaurants and construction of a new vehicular access off Maghull Lane with associated car parking and landscaping’ (reference DC/2018/01458). This application similarly will be assessed against Policy MN3, the accompanying Supplementary Planning Document and forthcoming masterplan. The application can be viewed online and comments made here.