Planning Applications on Land East of Maghull
The applications (a) and (b) described below under the heading ‘Current applications’ were reported to the Planning Committee on Wednesday 22nd January 2020. Decisions on the applications were deferred until a future meeting. The main reason was the need for the applicants/developers to prepare a full Construction Environmental Management Plan in consultation with the community before the applications are reported back to the Planning Committee.
The latest position in respect of both applications is set out under the heading ‘Current Applications’ and since the previous update a third application has been received (application (c)).
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. A Masterplan was submitted by Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and The East Maghull Consortium in January 2019 and approved by the Council in February 2019.
|Land East of Maghull Masterplan||(pdf 5.56MB)|
In 2017 the Council received 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. In September 2020, a third application has now been received from Countryside Properties in relation to the southern site.
Application (a) (reference DC/2017/01532) proposed the following:- Hybrid application seeking full planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of 841 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.
This application is now subject to an appeal against non-determination which was lodged on 5 August 2020. The appeal will now be considered at a Hearing scheduled to commence on 15 December 2020. The appeal documents can be accessed here
Application (b) (reference DC/2017/01528) was modified on 11 September 2020 to propose the following: ‘Hybrid application seeking full planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings, a new vehicular access off School Lane, a new distributor road, flood relief, drainage and landscaping works to Whinny Brook and ancillary infrastructure and outline planning permission with some matters reserved (scale, appearance, layout & landscaping) for 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.’
The applicants have submitted revised plans and supporting documents. These are now subject to a further publicity period and are available to inspect on the council's website using the application links above. The application has been modified to ensure that the full details of the proposed flood relief channel are considered at this stage.
Application (c) (reference DC/2020/01778) proposed the following:- Hybrid application seeking full planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of 841 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 (re-submission of DC/2017/01532).
This application was submitted on 28 September 2020 and are also subject to a publicity period, with the plans available to inspect on the Council’s website using the application links above.
Following all the legal requirements, the decision on application (a) will be made by an independent Inspector following the Public Inquiry, and decisions on applications (b) and (c) will eventually be made by Planning Committee.
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 in relation to all of these applications. However, this page will be updated regularly.