Lydiate – Outdoor Leisure Park – No news yet

I keep getting asked if I know whether the planning application has gone in yet for the proposed outdoor leisure/water park that has been put forward for building on farm land at the junction of Southport Road and at the back of properties in Hall Lane Lydiate.

The last time I looked there was no sign of an application. My previous posting of 2nd March details the events at a Lydiate Parish Council meeting on the matter in late February this year.

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As soon as I become aware of any movement over this matter I will post again here.

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Lydiate – Busted street lamp and a fence

Firstly, thanks to Sefton Council for fixing the broken street lamp on the footpath that runs from Southport Road through to Coppull Road, it was really dark down there at night with only one of the two lamps working.

Now One Vision Housing need to have a look at their fence which separates the same footpath from the backs of the bungalows in Haven Walk. My photo illustrates the problem:-

I have alerted OVH to this matter.

Lydiate – ‘In Flower’ makes an impact

Lydiate in Flower is a relatively new volunteer community group which aims to try to brighten up Lydiate.

It’s first initiative is to put gateway planters on the roads leading into the community. The first two flower troughs are now up at both ends of Southport Road on the Maghull and Downholland Civil Parish boundaries.

The photos above were taken on Southport Road and the flowers are looking great. The sponsorship is very much appreciated and the sign shows one of the sponsoring companies.

More Lydiate in Flower initiatives to follow.

Lydiate – Soil blown by ‘Beast from the East’ on Southport Road pavements

During that storm a lot of top soil was taken up by the wind and dumped on Southport Road between the junction with Hall Lane and Church View Farm. Sefton Council got the soil off the road but there are great heaps of it blocking the pavements on either side of this busy road.

I fear the consequences of pedestrians being forced to walk in the road so have asked Sefton Council to remove the soil as soon as possible. Cllr. Edie Pope has been on this issue too I might add.

Stop Press – After I posted this Edie Pope called me to say that she had been speaking to Sefton Council Highway engineers this morning (Monday 12th March) and they were working with the land owner from whose land the soil came to get it cleared starting hopefully today. Edie also told me that she had seen folks waking in the road only yesterday because of the soil.

Stop Press 2 – Work has indeed been ongoing today and hopefully tomorrow

Lydiate – That outdoor sporting/leisure site proposal & its relationship to a designated Conservation Area

One thing that slipped my mind when I put together my report on the presentation to Lydiate Parish Council about this proposed development (my immediately preceding blog posting refers) off Hall Lane/Southport Road is the relationship of the site to Lydiate’s Conservation Area.

The matter was raised at the meeting but as I say this aspect slipped through the net when I was writing the posting up. Having been reminded of it now I have been onto Sefton Council’s web site (see link below) where the boundaries of the Conservation Area are defined:-

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As you can see the site is right up against it where Hall Lane joins Southport Road by Our Ladies RC Church. On that basis this close association with the conservation area will surely be a restricting factor in how the site can be developed other than for agricultural use.

Lydiate – A lot of folk at Parish Council meeting to hear about a leisure/sporting facility being proposed

Last Tuesday’s Lydiate Parish Council meeting was a full house so to speak as over 30 residents from the Hall Lane/Southport Road area turned out to hear a presentation to the Council from a local landowner who wants to develop outdoor leisure/sporting facilities on what is presently agricultural land in Green Belt off these roads.

It had not been intended as public presentation by the land owner but as word got around of the presentation locals turned out in force from what is a sparsely populated rural part of Lydiate Civil Parish.

We were told that the land owner wanted to diversify and use the 22 acres of land for water sports activities, nature reserve, mountain bike track, zip wire etc. Access would be off Southport Road with a car park on the site. A pre-planning application had been submitted to Sefton Council in late 2017 and the owner said he had been asked to provide evidence of support and need for the facility.

Soil taken from creating the lakes would be used on site to mound up the mountain bike track around 1m. The present idea is that the site would potentially attract up to 200 visitors on a good summer day with a charge of around £5 for access to what seems to be planned to be an unfenced site. Not much winter use is envisaged and no floodlighting is planned. Over a year 15,000 to 20,000 people visiting the facility seems to be envisaged.

The facility would be run by a staff of around 6 people engaged with training, maintenance and water sports supervision.

I think it fair to say that the developer’s plans got a frosty reception from the attending residents with many questions being asked about a myriad of concerns. Having said that we were told that the developer had letters of support from some local schools, business and the scouts.

I got the impression that the developer was testing the water and looking for ideas to develop his plans from locals and that things may well change prior to any formal planning application being made to Sefton Council.

The fact that the land is firmly within Sefton’s recently revised Green Belt and that it is high grade agricultural land means to me that Planners are going to have a very critical eye on the matter. The other thing that struck me was that I don’t recall any proposals being made to take this piece of land out of Green Belt or to develop it during Sefton Council’s controversial Local Plan process which has only just ended. To me that process was the obvious time to have raised such plans.

I have the feeling that this matter is going to be hugely controversial should a formal planning application follow on from the presentation to Lydiate Parish Council. I would add that the Parish Council will respond to any formal planning application that is submitted when the full facts surrounding the matter are known.