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HOUSING CONCERNS: Neighbours concerns over Lydiate housing plans

HOUSING CONCERNS: Neighbours concerns over Lydiate housing plans

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People living near a planned housing development near Lydiate have said the extra houses will bring flooding, traffic and environmental damage.

Plans from Bellway Homes published last week would see 325 homes built on farmland just north of Kenyons Lane, between Liverpool Road and the A59.

But a group of 20 neighbours living along Liverpool Road have expressed serious concerns about what the planned development would mean for the local environment.

A spokesperson for the group said: “This is prime farmland and we, as residents don’t understand why Sefton Council need to build yet more houses, when population numbers in Sefton have fallen. This seems at odds with Sefton’s stated concerns about climate change”.

The group’s concerns focus on the additional traffic from hundreds of new residents and the impact on flooding in the area, which they said had been badly affected by recent downpours.

The spokesperson added: “We estimate that this estate will attract anywhere in the region of 500 to 700 additional cars. The pollution and increased traffic flow in a rural area, with three schools very close by, will be intolerable.

“The area, including the farmland, suffered badly during the recent heavy rains and surely building 325 houses, with hardstanding drives (two cars per house) as well as pavements and roads, will only make this worse.

“We believe a single point of entry for traffic on the A59, rather than Liverpool Road and Kenyon’s Lane, would mitigate some of these problems.

“We look forward to working closely with the council and the developers to come to a satisfactory solution.”

The group also expressed concerns about the loss of habitat for local wildlife and the need to maintain farmland in light of the climate crisis.

In the plans submitted by Bellway, most of the site is shown to be at low risk of flooding but heavy rain has led to surface water pooling at the north end of the fields and flooding surrounding roads such as Moss Lane.

Bellway’s application argues that additional drainage systems and changes to the levels of the site will eliminate the risk of flooding from surface water by removing the low points where water can pool.

The application also included a transport assessment that suggested local roads could cope with the extra traffic, with most key junctions seeing a 5% increase in traffic and the development being connected to local cycling and public transport routes.

The assessment calculated that during peak hours, there would be only around 180 vehicles entering and leaving the site, with another 30 people choosing to walk, cycle or take public transport.

Members of the public have until May 20 to comment on the proposals, and Sefton Council aims to make a decision on the application by July 19.

Bellway was approached for comment for this story but did not respond prior to publication.

Words: Chris McKeon, Local Democracy Reporter

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