• Formby

Green light recommended for Redrow’s controversial Formby scheme

Controversial plans to build 99 homes in Formby look set to be approved despite being refused just last December.

The Redrow development on land near to Andrews Lane has been recommended for approval at a meeting of Sefton Council’s planning committee next week (30 August).

Outline planning for the scheme was refused on 22 December 2016 – Redrow has since submitted a full planning application for the development which includes a mix of apartments and houses – 31 of which are classed as affordable homes.

The main reason the initial application was refused was because of the use of green land.

However, the vacant plot (pictured) has now been allocated for housing in Sefton’s Local Plan, which sets out how new development will be managed in the period from 2015 to 2030.

A report set to be discussed by Sefton Council next week states: “Overall the proposal is considered to be acceptable.

“The principle of development is now established given that the site has been allocated for housing in the recently adopted Local Plan.

“The proposal will provide 99 homes in Formby, where there is a shortfall of development and include 31 affordable homes.

“This in turn will assist in reducing the deficit in the council’s housing land supply.”

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