‘Serious concerns’ raised by MP over plans for Melling

‘Serious concerns’ raised by MP over plans for Melling

by Henry James (July 2022)

SEFTON Council has been asked by Bill Esterson MP to consider the “serious concerns” that residents have regarding plans to build almost 150 new homes on former farmland.

Mr Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, said he has received several representations from residents in Melling regarding the planning application by Rowland Homes to build 147 homes at Wadacre Farm on Chapel Lane Melling.

Mr Esterson wrote to Sefton Council Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson to relay the residents’ concerns.

He wrote: “Over the last few years, a number of large housing developments have been approved despite local objections, and despite directives from Central Government to protect green space.

“Residents tell me they are struggling to access healthcare services in the village and that the only GP surgery is operating on a part time basis. 

“With regard to the proposed development, there are a number of concerns residents have raised.

“These are access to the site as many believe Chapel Lane is not a suitable access road.

“Their concerns include that the site is subject to flooding, and there are many protected wildlife species including bats, foxes, water voles, badgers and otters.

“Residents have raised issues regarding the increased traffic that would result from the development, and the increased sewage as residents fear the sewers already struggle to cope.

“They fear an increased risk of flooding and are concerned by the possible disruption that will be caused by the construction traffic.

“They fear that the probable mix of pedestrians, the narrow lane and large construction vehicles presents a risk to life and property.”

Mr Esterson asked Mr Johnson to outline how the planning department would liaise with partners such as United Utilities, the Lead Local Flood Authority, the Highways Authority and the developer to address the concerns.

He added: “It is imperative that  these serious concerns are addressed if permission is to be granted.”

Rowland Homes has said they have distributed a leaflet to properties in the local area about their application.

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