Two housing developers behind plans to build 841 new homes in Maghull claim it will benefit the whole community.
Countryside and Persimmon Homes have been jointly granted planning permission to build a range of mixed-tenure homes in Maghull.
Countryside will build 408 new homes and Persimmon Homes is set to build 433.
Located east of Poverty Lane in Maghull, the new development will also include new public open space at Whinney Brook, which will run through the centre of the development.
Local councillors, MP Bill Esterson and a number of local residents had raised concerns over the proposals due to their impact on the local road infrastructure and an increase in vehicles.
As part of the joint planning application, Countryside and Persimmon Homes have pledged to collectively contribute £1.8m to expand Summerhill Primary School, invest £495k in a new healthcare facility and contribute £432k to highway improvements alongside further investments in canal maintenance and public transport.
Proposals for the site include the demolition of a small number of existing farm buildings and the construction of a spine road between Poverty Lane and School Road.
Plans also include the construction of a flood relief channel, which will ensure all homes lie outside of the Flood Zone and will also benefit wider areas of Maghull by reducing existing flooding downstream. Outline planning has also been granted for an older persons’ housing scheme on the site.
Mark Hadfield, Managing Director, Partnerships North, Merseyside and Cheshire West, commented: “Our plans for the site at Poverty Lane will not only bring high quality new homes to the town but will also generate extensive investment in new services and infrastructure to support the development’s residents, all of which will collectively make this a thriving and sustainable new community for Maghull.
“Our current focus is the creation of a detailed construction management plan, which will be shared with and approved by the local authority and will include a construction traffic route to the west of the site. We are looking forward to starting work on site and to seeing our shared vision with Persimmon Homes take shape.”
Karl Wiseman, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes North West, said: “This development represents a fantastic opportunity for Persimmon to bring much needed homes to Sefton.
“The scheme is set to deliver properties suitable for every generation including affordable properties available to rent or purchase, while the new community will have access to a wealth of open space and community facilities.
“We look forward to working with local businesses and tradespeople in our delivery of the development, creating many new job opportunities.”