Planning Applications on Land East of Maghull
In April 2017, Sefton Council adopted its Local Plan.
In essence this provides the local policies and land use designations to shape the borough and identifies how Sefton will meet its future housing and employment needs to 2030.
It was prepared by the Council following extensive consultation, and in line with the requirements of Government guidance, policies and national legislation. It was agreed as legally 'sound' by a Department of Communities and Local Government appointed Inspector.
Policy MN3 of the Local Plan relates to the largest single allocation, known as Land East of Maghull. The Government Inspector has endorsed this site as “a strategic mixed use allocation, accepting that this will provide a comprehensive high quality, well-designed sustainable urban extension containing integrated, distinctive, safe and secure residential neighbourhoods, a Business Park and improvements to local infrastructure”. His agreement to the Local Plan and this particular allocation took the site out of the designated Green Belt.
Sefton Council has also adopted a Supplementary Planning Document for Maghull East. This provides further detailed guidance regarding the Council's expectations for the site, including the need for a comprehensive masterplan to be submitted in advance of or alongside any planning applications. Critically this masterplan must be agreed by Sefton Council before any planning applications can be approved.
Following a recent receipt of two planning applications for the site, the Council is undertaking an initial review of both submissions. This includes the plans and supporting evidence, to check that both applications have everything that they need before we commence formal notifications, and are legally valid.
Once this is confirmed, both applications will be subject to statutory publicity and notifications that the Council is legally obliged to undertake. This includes (as a minimum) notification of neighbours to both sites, press and site notices and further notification of a series of further consultees.
Once valid, both applications will be listed here together with links to where the details may be viewed and how to make any comments.
Following all the legal requirements, a decision will eventually be made on both Planning applications by Planning Committee relating to any endorsement of a masterplan for the site.
It may be that further clarification or changes to the planning applications may be sought from the applicants, in which case, further information will be uploaded to the relevant planning webpages and update notifications may be required.
For applications of this scale, complexity, significance and public interest, it is difficult to predict the timeline or the outcome. However, this page will be updated on a regular basis.