If there is one really big hot topic in Sefton and particularly in it’s East Parishes Communities, it is the consequences of the Borough’s Local Plan. I have covered this matter many times before concentrating on Labour-run Sefton’s mad dash to build on massive swathes of Green Belt and high grade agricultural land.
The Local Plan is at draft stage at present and I thought it useful to look at the East Parishes area in detail because, by far, it is the part of the Borough where both the Labour Party and developers are hell bent on building on a huge number of fields that are presently growing our food.
Lets start with Lydiate – best to click on the map to enlarge it:-
This photo shows the north eastern part of Lydiate and 3 massive development sites. The red line at the bottom of the map is the boundary between Lydiate and Maghull. At the top right of the map is Aughton Civil Parish in West Lancs. The thick grey line is the A59 – Northway.
The blue area is what land owners/developer wants to see built upon. For reference it encompasses the land used for the popular but controversial car boot sales to the east of Northway (A59). The site runs from Robins Island up to Kenyons Lane and then through the fields to the east of Northway.
The two beige coloured areas are what Sefton Council under its Labour rulers wants to see developed. The first site, known to some as the Tyson’s Triangle, runs along the A59 from Robins Island up towards Kenyons Lane on the western side of Northway with the backs of the properties in Kenyons Lane and Liverpool Road forming the other two sides of the triangle. The other much larger site is bounded by Liverpool Road, Lambshear Lane, Sandy Lane and Moss Lane and it also stretches almost from Robins Island right up to Lambshear Lane/Sandy Lane. These sites have already been penciled in by Labour councillors who have voted for them to be ‘reserve’ [building] sites in the draft Local Plan. Reserve to me means they will be developed but not necessarily as quickly as other sites.
Just about all of these areas, blue or beige, are presently farmed and are of high grade agricultural land quality as well as being Green Belt.
Lydiate Parish Council has objected to all 3 sites being developed.
A petition against building on Green Belt being presented to Cllr. Dave Russell Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council. The land behind the campaigners is down for development under Labour’s draft Local Plan for Sefton.
This mad dash to build an urban extension onto Lydiate could vastly enlarge its population and destroy the semi-rural aspect of this popular place to live.
Don’t forget it’s Labour who are backing housing developments on 2 of these 3 sites and the Lib Dems who are fighting the environmental cause to stop them. Sefton Lib Dems are happy to share a common agenda with local independent and non-party political campaigners.
My next posting on this subject will look at other parts of Sefton’s East Parishes communities who, like Lydiate, are facing massive building plans from their Labour-run Council and developers.