Officers recommend retirement living scheme be approved despite objections from residents

Officers recommend retirement living scheme be approved despite objections from residents

by Henry James (April 2021)

PROPOSALS to build a retirement living scheme of 44 residential units at the site of the former Royal British Legion on Liverpool Road South in Maghull have been recommended for approval by officers at Sefton Council despite objections from residents about the four storey development.

The application will be heard by Sefton Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday, April 14.

The development would contain 44, 23 one bedroom and 21 two bedroom Retirement Living apartments which will be sold to older people. The development would have a House Manager’s Office as well as communal facilities such as a resident’s lounge, CCTV entry system, pavement car store/charging points, guest suite and Careline alarm facility.

It had been considered at the Planning Committee on February 17, but was deferred to enable further discussion with the applicant to address concerns over the “viability assessment, the affordable housing contribution and the building design.”

Councillor Sayers on behalf of Maghull Town Council has expressed concern that the four storey development is “not consistent” with the Parkhaven Character Area.

Concerns have been raised from five people as well as MP Bill Esterson and there points are as follows: overlooking and loss of privacy to adjacent properties including back garden; too close to adjacent garden and garage; four storey development will block out light; noise; and detrimental impact on peaceful canal environment.

There has been four letters of support from residents who believe there is a need for retirement living in Maghull.

Officers at Sefton Council believe the development should be approved with conditions subject to the competition of a section 106 Legal Agreement.

Officers at Sefton Council have stated in planning documents for the application: “There is an identified need for retirement flats in Maghull and the site’s location within a ‘primarily residential area’ makes it suitable for the proposed development.

“Whilst the development does not strictly comply with the Neighbourhood Plan policy MAG 4, in that it is different in character to the rest of the Parkhaven Character Area, the scheme is considered appropriate for its canalside setting and location close to the town centre.

“The assessment has given due weight to the Neighbourhood Plan and to factors relevant to this specific site and concluded that a higher development can be justified.”

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