Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 27, 2018

Bickerstaffe Housing Questionnaire Results

Bickerstaffe Parish Council  has published its Housing Questionnaire Results.

The total number of responses—168/524

“82.5% of responses want to preserve the green belt”. “84.5% of responses say housing is not in short supply in this area”, and “84.5% of responses wish to maintain the open green spaces around the parish”.

Responses to individual questions by number & percentage:

1. Is housing in short supply in Bickerstaffe? YES—24 (14.3%) NO—142 (84.5%) Blank – 2

2. Are there any housing types particularly missing or in short supply?* YES—46 (27.4% ) NO—114 (67.9%) Blank – 8

3. Should any kind of housing be planned for individuals & families to move here? YES—31 (18.5%) NO—122 (72.6%) Blank -15

4. Where could/should any such new developments be located?* Summary of comments with most popular first, then in descending order of popularity – comments which were just “not in my backyard” have not been listed: Not on Green Belt land; not on any farmland; close to towns; infill around existing settlements in Bickerstaffe; extend Heyescroft and Stockley Crescent; BK 024, 026, 023, 011, 010, 018,021, 014, 013 use of gardens and small pockets of land; nowhere; infill on Liverpool Road and Church Road; along St Helens/Ormskirk Road and the Rainford bypass; brown field sites; M58 J3

5. The green belt has traditionally limited growth so that towns could not become urban sprawl. YES— 139 (82.7%) NO—11 (6.5%) Blank-18

6. Should the open space at the periphery of the parish be maintained to limit connection to surrounding conurbations/settlements? YES— 142 (84.5%) NO—15 (8.9%) Blank –11

7. Should any known flood areas be built upon? YES—4 (2.4%) NO- 155 (92.3%) Blank—9

8. Should there be more new, subsidised housing? YES—55 (32.7%) NO- 99 (58.9%) Blank–14

9. Should design standards be adopted to ensure any new housing projects are in keeping with the character of the area? YES—112 (66.1%) NO—23 (13.7%) Blank— 33

10a. Are there appropriate housing options for an aging population, allowing seniors to live in their preferred communities? * YES—83 (49%) NO -60 (35.7%) Blank— 25

10b. Are there appropriate housing options for families moving into the area potentially bringing children to the school and area, & regenerating the parish? YES – 85 (50.6% ) NO – 47 (28%) Blank—36

10c. Are there appropriate housing options for young people, setting up homes in the neighbourhood they wish to live in? YES – 84 (50%) NO—47 (28%) Blank -37

The latest news is that “Residents are up-in-arms over new WLBC local plan proposals…Residents came in their droves to the recent Local Plan Public Meeting organised by the Parish Council, to voice their concerns over the new WLBC proposals, aimed at lasting till 2050, with plans to build 3 garden villages in Bickerstaffe and Lathom South, and a Logistics Park. Residents are outraged at the loss of livelihoods envisaged by farmers, misuse of rural country-side and grade 1 arable food growing land, ensuing traffic congestion, & residents decry the plan. The results of the Housing Questionnaire conducted by BPC are overleaf, showing that residents: are against this proposed use of the green belt; question the timescale of the new proposals—being up to 2050; and challenge the need for the huge numbers of houses suggested.

VOLUNTEERS WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT IN THE PARISH KNOCKING ON DOORS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE IS FULLY AWARE OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS LOCAL PLAN, AND HAVE THE FACTS TO HAND IF THEY WISH TO OBJECT. WE ARE ALSO ARRANGING DROP-INS WHERE YOU CAN GET HELP TO COMPLETE THE FORMS. REMEMBER , WE ARE HERE TO HELP! AND DON’T FORGET TO ASK VOLUNTEERS FOR IDENTIFICATION AND THEIR NAMES.


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