They want to put a “sustainable development site” on a historic working productive agricultural green belt site by claiming to be “Safeguarding Green Belt”!
“The natural boundaries of the built site, with an established wooded area to the east, will restrict future growth and ensure that future development will not affect the strategic Green Belt, now or in the future”.
An open letter from Colin Atkinson, Chairman ARG (2012) to Rosie Cooper MP, all WLBC Ward Councillors, and Aughton Parish Council.
“I presume that by now you are all probably aware of the Barratt David Wilson Homes proposal for a housing development named Little Moor Hall Gardens at land bounded by Parrs Lane, Maltkiln Lane and Prescot Road, Aughton.
Details of this proposal can be viewed using the link www.littlemoorhallgardens.co.uk/our-proposals/
“I am sending you this email for your information as our elected representatives in the hope that you will give support to our Group and voice your objections to this unwarranted proposal at the appropriate time during the ongoing WLBC Local Plan processes.
“This proposal is very similar to that submitted by Barratt David Wilson Homes in 2012/2013 and was rejected and not included in the current Local Plan. I have submitted the following comment/feedback on behalf of ARG (2012) to the developers by way of their electronic form.
“I have been the Chairman of Aughton Residents Group ARG (2012) since its formation in 2012 to resist unwarranted and uncalled for housing developments on sites in Parrs Lane Aughton and represent the views of hundreds of local residents.
“Our Group strongly and robustly object to your proposed development and will endeavour to do so at every opportunity during the formulation of the new WLBC Local Plan. We are against your development plans for a number of reasons including
1. The proposed development lies in the Green Belt and no amount of obfuscation can avoid this point.
2. The agricultural land in question is undoubtedly of the ‘Best and most versatile’ BMV type and as such the NPPF policies deem it way down the scale when land for building on is selected. Your similar proposal on the same area for an Aughton Village East submitted for consideration by WLBC in 2012 / 2013 was rejected and not included in the current Local Plan.
3. It is understood that the Local build requirements likely to be set by the Government will result in WLBC’S target being reduced to 193 per annum not warranting such proportional large scale developments in Aughton as your proposal.
4. Your ‘speculative’ proposal especially at this very early stage of the Planning process once again brings angst, distress and uncertainty to residents of this area of Aughton who have endured years of battling against unwelcome and unnecessary profit driven housing schemes which take little or no heed of Local views or the irreparable damage done to or loss of our precious Greenbelt.
“There are numerous other reasons why we object to this proposal which no doubt will be outlined at later stages of the Planning process. I’m sure that in reading my submission you realise that there is already very strong resistance to this proposal albeit at this relatively early stage of the Local Planning Process.
“I’m aware that the Local Development Scheme (LDS) timetable was before WLBC Cabinet for approval yesterday and the target date for adoption of the new 17 year plan (2023 – 2040) is now December 2023.
“Our Group wish to make it clear to Barratt David Wilson Homes at this early stage that they will encounter strong local opposition to this proposal. I ask that as our elected MP, Aughton Ward Councillors and Aughton Parish Councillors you give due consideration to voicing your opposition to this unwarranted development on precious Greenbelt land”.
Of interest “David Madden, an analyst at CMC Markets, said Barratt would also be looking for good news from the budget. He said “The Company has benefited greatly from the help-to-buy scheme, and it is banking on further assistance from Westminster, especially on the back of the Tory party win at the back end of last year”.
The executive director of campaigning body Positive Money said “It’s now beyond clear that rather than helping those who can’t afford to buy a home, Help To Buy has mainly been a subsidy for a housing bubble, benefiting property developers and existing home owners”.
Should we really have these tax subsidised developers taking away our greenbelt? As for “natural boundaries” bounded by “established woods”, are they strategic green belt or not? Perhaps our elected members might tell us?