Developers Withdraw Prescot Planning Application

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

prescot_greenbeltAn application for a residential development on part of Prescot’s former greenbelt has been withdrawn.

The proposal would have seen 199 houses built on land adjacent to Whitakers Garden Centre on Liverpool Road.

Council advised against plans

Councillor Mike Murphy, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said he was pleased that applicants Beesley & Fildes, Ltd, had listened to council advice.

Cllr Murphy said the plans “would have resulted in an overdevelopment of the site and the layout of the proposed scheme was extremely poor.

“The application failed to take account of the fact that the site forms the approach to the historic conservation area of Prescot and the site access arrangements caused me concerns about highway safety.

“They also failed to comply with current highways guidance.  The provision of public open space and mitigation of the impact on the environment also fell short of my expectations.”

save_prescot_greenbeltCampaigners & Prescot councillors opposed development

Residents also campaigned against the plans, with the support of Prescot North councillors Carl Cashman, Ian Smith and Mike Wynn.

Cllr Cashman, who as leader of the borough’s Liberal Democrats also leads the opposition on Knowsley Council, put down the decision to “people power and hard work from campaigners.”

He added: “I handed in a 800 strong petition that the council were struggling to get through. For me this is a victory for Prescot people and a message to the Labour decision-makers: ‘Prescot people fight for what matters.'”

More planning applications likely

While the current application has been withdrawn, it is likely developers will eventually submit revised plans for the site.

The land was part of the borough’s greenbelt until protection was removed as part of the Knowsley Local Plan, which the then-100%-Labour council voted for unanimously in January.

Cllr Murphy added that  although applications for housing developments on former greenbelt are welcome, the council “are only interested in high quality developments which enhance our borough and bring real benefits to our residents and people who wish to live here.”

4 Comments

  1. Tony Ely

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    This demonstrates that a Labour run Authority despite Government pressures to remove greenbelt wont just accept any over development and poor planning applications. People power or plain common sense….??????

  2. WTF

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    if Knowsley Council are so keen to build more houses but no extra facilities on green belt land why not ask Lord Derby for a few acres of his hard earned land ???

    Thought not, rather destroy greenbelt used by the general public over many years than ask the local toff.

  3. JohnJ

    Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Much ado about the Whittakers green belt site, where a completely unacceptable development plan has been rejected. I wonder if we will soon see a *slightly* less unacceptable plan being nodded through as a great improvement on the previous plan? As usual, there is no public announcement or debate about other possible development sites before our elected ‘representatives’ have decided and approved. Other green spaces that were not greenbelt are also fast disappearing, like a further part of the old CF Mott College site, the St.Edmund Arrowsmith school site and playing field on Scotchbarn Lane, and the plot of land on Two Butt Lane, originally offered as public open space in the 1990s after Knowsley council broke its promise not to allow building on the Rainhill High School Annexe playing fields.

    • John Fairclough

      Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      Hi John. Re your message above, which plot of land in Two Butt Lane are you referring to? My reason for asking is l live in TBL and l am also involved in the ‘Rainhill Save Our Green Belt – Rainhill’. Cheers. John F

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