Plans to build 149 homes on village farm site are put to council

Plans to build 149 homes on village farm site are put to council

by Henry James (November 2021)

PLANS have been put forward to build 149 homes at a farm site in Melling.

A planning application by Rowland Homes has been submitted to Sefton Council to build the houses at Wadacre Farm on Chapel Lane.

The homes would be open market, and affordable residential dwellings and be a mix of two, three, four and five bedroomed homes.

Existing buildings on the site would be demolished.

At present the site includes the buildings of Wadacre Farm, which are used as a children’s nursery, boarding kennels, and stabling for horses.

The application states that the residential mix has been “carefully thought through with the client, ensuring that a sustainable and well-balanced neighbourhood is created, which offers a mix of smaller starter homes, and larger family homes.”

The scheme will deliver 30% as affordable homes, which will equate to 45 units across the site.

Concerns were raised by residents in pre-application discussions with Sefton Council on the proposal in November 2020 over the impact on road traffic; drainage; contaminated land; ecology; and the potential impact on the surrounding area.

Following this, the scheme was updated and the total number of homes reduced, with 30% of them being affordable.

Rowland Homes, distributed a leaflet to properties in the local area, which explained how the design of the scheme had evolved following pre-application advice received from Sefton.

Representatives from the company also attended the Melling Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, October 12 to present the proposals and answer questions from local residents prior to submitting the planning applications.

Rowland Homes say the site has undergone an extensive design review in close collaboration with the client, the consultant team, and Sefton Council.

The developer adds that the result is “an attractive residential development, which will positively contribute to the local area, and will fit well within its surroundings.”

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