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Monday, 06 January 2014 (3047081)
Homes to built on hotel beer garden
by Tom Martin

PLANS to build houses on part of a popular beer garden in Hightown have been given the go-ahead by Sefton Council.

The Champion revealed in September that an application was sent to Sefton Council by pub company Punch Taverns to transform a large section of the Hightown Hotel garden into a residential area.

It led to fears from nearby residents and the parish council about congestion and disruption.

There are now calls to introduce new speed bumps on School Road in a bid to slow down cars and ease traffic problems.

Punch Taverns claims that a large part of the garden will not be affected by the building works.

A spokesperson said: “We believe the land at the Hightown Hotel is currently surplus to requirements and we plan to better utilise the land to benefit the local community whilst retaining a significant portion of the pub's beer garden for customers to enjoy.”

The council has already approved separate plans for 13 new houses elsewhere in Hightown.

It is feared that it will result in the loss of parking spaces around the village green and news of three more homes at the Hightown Hotel has worried local residents.

A Sefton Council report states: “The proposed development is acceptable in principle and would have no significant detrimental effect on either the character of the street scene, on highway safety or on the amenities of the adjoining residential premises.

”In the absence of all other material planning considerations the granting of planning permission is justified.“


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