A PLAN to build 286 new homes on land the size of 17 football pitches in Formby has been given the green light by Sefton Council.
Taylor Wimpey was granted approval by the local authority at a Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 25.
The huge site, known as Brackenway Formby, is bordered by Wham Dyke to the north, Formby bypass to the east, residences on Hawksworth Drive to the south and Old Lane to the west, with Royal Air Force Woodvale station beyond this.
As part of their work to develop the site, Taylor Wimpey UK say they carried out extensive flood risk modelling, ecological studies as well as surveys of habitats, bat roosts and water voles. The site will mean 7.9hectares of grasslands and wetlands to the north of the nearby Wham Dyke will be retained and ‘landscaped linear green corridors’ will be created.
Green links to a new nature reserve extension in the north will help to enhance green infrastructure across the development and help increase local biodiversity. In addition, the report recommends a financial contribution of £188,760 or £660 per dwelling from the developer to further mitigate recreational pressures that could affect on the Sefton coastline.
Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for planning and building control, said: “Crucially, this proposed development is likely to bring tangible benefits to existing residents who have previously experienced flooding.
“The development would also improve local ecology and bio diversity net gain in the area and has, in all other respects, fulfilled the planning criteria set out both on a national and local level.
“Of course the continued protection of our established communities is paramount and we have stated that a legal agreement will be put in place with the developer.
“This agreement seeks to ensure the proposed development will secure affordable housing, the long term management of open space, mitigation of any flood risk, management of watercourses, protect natural conservation sites and more.”