FEARS have been raised over Sefton Council’s plans to release large amounts of land around Maghull and Lydiate for building.
Sefton Council has just closed its three month Local Plan consultation which includes proposals to release land around Maghull & Lydiate for development.
Residents are concerned that the plans will mean the communities lose their individual identity as they become one large ‘urban sprawl’.
The sites identified for development in Lydiate are land north of Lambshear Lane, and land north of Kenyon’s Lane.
In the consultation report a petition containing 892 signatures was submitted to the council regarding land north of Lambshear Lane and the Green Belt generally.
People are concerned that the area’s infrastructure would not be able to cope as Lydiate would grow by a third if sites are developed, which would completely change the character of the area.
Plans for the three Maghull sites have also come under fire from residents. The proposed sites are the former prison on Park Lane, land to the east of Maghull and land south of Melling Lane.
Objections concerning the traffic impact have been raised, with Deyes Lane and School Lane expected to be the main areas that suffer.
The land to the east of Maghull is also prone to flooding and several objections have been raised about building plans.
There is a large brook running through the site which floods up to Poverty Lane and in recent years there has been worsening winter flooding.
Infrastructure is another issue that people are concerned about as there are currently no extra community facilities proposed to go alongside new housing.
According to Lib Dem councillors, developers are currently putting forward plans to concrete over even more land around the joint communities.
Councillors were tipped off about outline proposals to build on a huge area of land to the west of Lydiate and Maghull from Bells Lane down to the Green Park Estate, in addition to this land between Hartley's Nursery and Kenyons Lane is also now in developers’ sights.
These sites are in addition to the ones already put forward for development.
Cllr Tony Robertson said: “These proposals are highly likely to be just two of a number to build on Maghull & Lydiate’s Green Belt and high grade agricultural land.
“They all need to be made public when Sefton Council publishes details of the submissions made to it during the recent consultation period. We are demanding that this information is released by the council without delay.”
Cllr. Andrew Blackburn said: “We Lib Dems said that Labour’s gung ho ‘let’s build thousands of houses’ approach would lead to Green Belt, and high grade agricultural land, being put under concrete.
“That’s why we have been working with environmental campaigners across the Borough.
“No one should underestimate the impact that massive urban extensions around Maghull & Lydiate will have on the character of our community, its schools, roads and facilities.”