Sefton’s Green Belt Housing Plan gets the nod from Scrutiny Committee

Sefton Council’s Local Plan took a step closer last night when the Overview & Scrutiny Committee agreed to endorse the controversial “Preferred Option Document” by the narrowest of margins.

Labour councillors on the Committee outvoted Lib Dems and Conservatives by 5 votes to 4 to send the Document, which proposes the building of thousands of houses on Green Belt land, through to the Planning Committee with no amendments.

The majority of the 5 Labour councillors who voted for the recommendation were from Formby, Crosby and Maghull, ironically the areas where the proposals to build in the Green Belt have been most controversial. Lib Dems Sue McGuire, Simon Shaw and Fred Weavers, together with Conservative Terry Jones (all from Southport) voted against the recommendation.

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