Formby Hall lodges decision deferred by council

Formby Hall lodges decision deferred by council

by Tom Martin (June 2019)

A DECISION on whether to approve a plan to build 11 woodland lodges at Formby Hall Golf Resort has been deferred by Sefton Council as they look to gather more information about the plan.

The Champion reported last week how the planning application was due to be given a go-ahead at a Planning Committee meeting last Wednesday (June 5) after a report published ahead of the date recommended it for approval.

But the local authority opted to defer their decision and have asked the applicant, Formby Leisure Holdings Ltd, to provide more details.

The plan is to build two-bed eco-lodges, to be serviced from the main Formby Hall Hotel, which will be situated to the north of the hotel and golf course.

Although the development is situated in on greenbelt land, planning officers said there were “very special circumstances” to allow the development to go ahead.

Formby Civic Society had objected when an original plan emerged last year to build 18 of the lodges.

They are still against the renewed proposal to build 11, claiming “our concern for the loss of many trees still stands.” They added: “Although we agree that tourism is important we do not want to witness the degradation of the environment as a consequence.”

A petition with 25 signatures has also been submitted to the council against the proposal after claiming it is “an inappropriate development within greenbelt land.”

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