Campaign to Oppose Prescot Housing Development Gathers Pace

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

prescot_greenbeltA campaign to prevent the building of 199 houses on former greenbelt land is underway in Prescot.

Residents Mark Burke and Dr John Sills called a community meeting on Monday 16 May with the support of newly elected Lib Dem councillors Carl Cashman, Ian Smith and Mike Wynn, who now represent Prescot North on Knowsley Council.

An estimated 60 people attended to object to the proposed residential development on fields belonging to Whitakers Garden Centre, off Liverpool Road, Prescot.

The land was designated greenbelt until January 2016, when the then-100%-Labour council voted unanimously in favour of the Local Plan, which removed protected status from almost half the borough’s greenbelt.

The site is bordered by the Prescot bypass (A58) and Liverpool Road (A57), as well as a busy junction with the M57, which protesters say would put more strain on traffic and make access to the site hazardous.

They also consider the land a ‘visual amenity,’ providing an attractive view as visitors drive into the town from the west – a factor increasingly important if Prescot is to become a culture and heritage destination based around the proposed Shakespeare North theatre and college.

Organiser Mark said he delivered a further 39 written objections to Knowsley Council following Monday’s meeting. The planning website has already attracted 49 public comments against the plans.

Below: Cllr Carl Cashman speaks from Eaton Street Park.

Please email Cllr Cashman at Cashman.Carl@knowsley.gov.uk or Mark Burke at mrmarkburke@yahoo.co.uk if you have any queries or would like to join the campaign.

You can register your views for or against on the Knowsley Planning website.

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