Formby Housing Approval

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SCP have recently provided support to Redrow Homes in relation to gaining approval for a site at Formby, Merseyside.

Support was provided across throughout the development process, including;

  • Working through the access feasibility stage
  • Achieving a local plan allocation
  • Conducting Transport Assessments for planning applications
  • Preparing and presenting evidence at a public inquiry

We are now also undertaking the construction drawings for the off-site highway works to enable the development to be commenced.

The site has been subject to three planning applications and a public inquiry.  The site was initially allocated for residential development following confirmation that a satisfactory access could be achieved.  An outline planning application was submitted for 95 dwellings on the site and was ultimately refused by Councillors, against their officer’s advice.  This decision was the subject of an appeal.  Simultaneously, Redrow submitted a further full planning application for 99 dwellings on the site.  The resubmitted planning application fell to be determined shortly in advance of a public inquiry for the outline application.

SCP provided a Transport Assessment for the application and a proof of evidence for the public inquiry.  Shortly before the inquiry commenced, Sefton Council resolved to grant planning permission for the full planning application but required a S106 contribution of £500,000 for Network Rail to upgrade a pedestrian level crossing on the adjacent railway line.  Without a signed S106 Agreement the inquiry went ahead.  The result of the inquiry was that a further permission was granted and the Inspector agreed with SCP that no contribution to the railway upgrade was justified by the development.

Redrow have now secured reserved matters approval for the appeal scheme and SCP are undertaking the detailed design of the off-site highway works to allow the development to be commenced at the earliest time.

For further information contact David Roberts on 0161 832 4400