Deadline Nears for Comments on Taylor Wimpey Housing Development

By on Thursday, May 7, 2020

The public have till Sunday 10 May* to comment on plans to build more than 200 houses on the Whitakers Garden Centre site in Prescot.

Taylor Wimpey have applied to build an estate of 227 residences on the Liverpool Road land, which until 2016 was protected greenbelt. Knowsley Council rejected a 2017 proposal because of concerns over access.

A revised application is now under consideration, and 91 public comments have been received, of which 88 are objections. Letters prepared by local residents cite the busy A57 road, vehicle access concerns and impact on the environment as reasons for opposing the development.

Prescot town councillor Mark Burke, who has been at the forefront of the campaign, said the application was submitted “with undue haste,” and it would be “morally wrong” for KMBC to press ahead with public consultation “during an unprecedented Covid 19 disaster when people are dying.”

The council, however, have said that they are just following government guidance by continuing with the process.

Ian Harrison, of Taylor Wimpey North West, said the development provides “much-needed new homes, investment and economic benefit for the local area.” The new properties will contribute towards Knowsley Council’s promise of 8,100 new homes in the borough by 2028.

*View the Plans & Object or Support

View the full plans on Knowsley’s Public Access system at The council cannot guarantee comments received after Sunday 10 May will be considered.

According to KMBC, Whitakers Garden Centre is expected to submit a planning application for a new premises on the Manchester Road development soon.

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