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    Henry James

    PLANS for a ‘new community’ in east Maghull with more than 1,600 homes submitted to Sefton Council are not yet a ‘done deal‘ according to the town council.

    The proposals were first reported in the Champion in April and now two separate planning applications on adjacent pieces of land have been submitted.

    Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes have submitted a joint planning application for 830 homes on land north of Poverty Lane.

    Separately, the East Maghull Consortium has submitted an outline application for up to 855 homes on land south of School Lane.

    This will include a local centre for retail and community uses.

    Developers will also be required to contribute to the expansion of the neighbouring Summerhill Primary School.

    The site will be near Maghull Railway Station and the planned Maghull North Station and a new bus route is proposed through the site is proposed.

    New footpath and cycle connections will be created and there will be improvements to Junction 1 of the M58 motorway. A landscaped park will be created alongside Whinny Brook, which will include a children’s play area.

    The plans are for a mix of homes between two and five bedrooms.

    The proposals relate to land allocated by Sefton Council in its Local Plan and a ‘concept masterplan’ for the site has been submitted to the borough council by the developers.

    Maghull Town Council, however, say all development to 'he land east of Maghull including the site of the old Ashworth Hospital, should conform to the town's Neighbourhood Plan - with no additional housing added. The town council says it will not be supporting increases in the number of houses over that stated in the Neighbourhood Plan - around 1,400.

    Town Council Leader, Councillor Patrick McKinley, told the Champion that the timeline for approving planning applications states: “Proposals for development of land east of Maghull will only be granted planning permission where they are consistent with a single detailed master plan for the whole area proposed by the council.”

    He said such permission will be linked to plans for the provision and maintenance of infrastructure, services and facilities and open spaces to make the development acceptable.

    Cllr McKinley said: “The Local Plan states that a master plan needs to be agreed with Sefton Council - so it is premature to assume any proposals for development are going to happen.

    “We will be also pressing to reduce the numbersand have put together some proposals on design

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    that will help us build a community and not just houses.”

    Mark Cook, regional managing director at Persimmon Homes, said: “Our team has worked hard to consider the points raised by local residents and are committed to delivering the best scheme for the area.” The application will be determined by Sefton Council later this year.

    A council spokesperson said: “When the application is validated Sefton Council will consult in accordance with its normal procedures and the application will be available to view on the council website.

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