Planning Application Refused for Whitakers Land

By on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An application to build houses on former greenbelt in Prescot has been refused.

Beesley & Fildes, Ltd, applied in 2016 to build up to 200 homes on land adjoining Whitakers Garden Centre, off Liverpool Road.

They withdrew the application in July 2016 after Knowsley Council advised against it, then submitted a revised application in December.

The council have formally rejected the latest application, saying they were “disappointed” that the developers had ignored their “clear advice,” and that the “completely unacceptable” submission was “almost identical to the one received last year.”

Highway & access concerns at heart of refusal

A statement from Knowsley Council read: “In particular, the council continues to have concerns, which reflect the views of the local community, that the proposal fails to provide for a high quality comprehensive development.

“The layout of scheme remains extremely poor in failing to take into account the fact that the site forms the approach to the historic conservation area of Prescot. The site access arrangements are also unacceptable as the applicant has not addressed the previously raised concerns about highway safety. The application also fails to comply with the Council’s clear highways guidance.

“On this basis, the planning application has been rejected.  The council is only interested in high quality developments which enhance the borough of Knowsley and bring real benefits to Knowsley’s residents and people who wish to live, visit and work here.”

The land was part of the borough’s greenbelt until Knowsley Council removed its protected status as part of the Local Plan, in January 2016.

Campaigners celebrate success

Local activists have opposed the plans from the beginning. Campaign organisers Mark Burke and Dr John Sills say they collected and submitted 1,650 objections, of which only 139 have so far been logged on the council’s planning website.

Congratulating supporters on the outcome, Mr Burke warned residents of the need to “remain vigilant” regarding future applications.

Activists and councillors from the local Green and Lib Dem parties supported residents in their fight.


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