Developer can build homes - but will have to feed the geese!

Developer can build homes - but will have to feed the geese!

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A DEVELOPER has been given permission to build more than 200 homes on the site of a former farm in Thornton - as long as they provide food for wild geese!

Sefton Council gave approval for the development to go head last week on a patch of land between Holgate, Broom’s Cross Road and Park View.

But one of the conditions is that the developers Forth Homes Construction Ltd and Castle Green Ltd have to feed the pink-footed geese amid concerns that they would be displaced.

Thousands of pink-footed geese fly to the Martin Mere Wetland centre in West Lancashire each year having made the 500 mile journey from Iceland.

The building firms will also have to pay a ‘commuted sum’ of nearly £115,000 and an additional £450,000 towards primary education and a new traffic light unction.

The plans were opposed by many residents over concerns about increased traffic concerns.

The roads in the area are already busy with traffic, particularly during rush hour, with Moor Lane, Broom’s Cross Road and Edge Lane seeing queues of vehicles on a daily basis.

There also other claims that the development will lead to “air pollution and harm to the environment and ecology.”

As part of the housing development, an old building referred to as Orchard Farm will be demolished.

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