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Issue:- 24 October 2013

David Wilson Homes withdraws application!

FORMBY Residents Action Group Opposition From Formby (FRAGOFF) have told the media that they welcomed David Wilson's Homes decision to withdraw the application to build 274 homes on a farmland, by Liverpool Road, Formby and the A565, (Merseyside).

An Objection was made to Planning Application based on the National Planning Policy Framework Chapter 10 Section 100:- "Inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at high risk, but where development is necessary making it safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere." See the objection this is quoted from please click on here PDF or visit Sefton MBC's website.

On Friday, 18 October 2013, Sefton's Planning Committee published recommended that the application (S/2013/0905) be refused.

In a statement by the Group, they say that:- "As we understand it David Wilson Homes were always going to fight a refusal solely based on the Green Belt restrictions, so we see the withdrawal of their application as a tacit acknowledgement of how strong the argument about flooding and drainage was in this location. We understand that the application has been withdrawn unreservedly, a term we take to mean that they think their scheme simply could not be adapted to cope with the ground conditions and drainage complications and see it as further admission of the unsuitability of this land for housing.  Due to this we are calling upon Sefton Council to reconsider the inclusion of this site within the Local Plan and fully re-examine the Green Belt study that deemed the Liverpool Road Site appropriate for development.  We would like to thank the people of Formby for supporting us in this campaign; they have been a true example of what the community can achieve when they all pull together. Although clichéd it is no less true to say the FRAGOFF couldn't have achieved this without them. We also fully acknowledge the help and support of residents from all over the borough but particularly from Maghull and Lydiate set to suffer most from the Local Plan, they have stood by us from the very beginning and we would assure them and others that we will be standing shoulder to shoulder with them when the Developers come knocking on their doors. Finally we would also like to remember at this time Ted Swift who fought tirelessly against this application but sadly died earlier this year and is not here to share this day with us. We will be keeping him in our thoughts today.  FRAGOFF aren't going away, this is the time we have to be most vigilant."

Prompting the cancellation of an additional planning meeting that was to be held on Monday, 28 October 2013, in Southport.


SOUTHERN 100 Racing, organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, is delighted to announce that the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is to continue as the event's title sponsor for 2014.

Also known as 'the friendly races', the Southern 100 has a history dating back to 1955, with the Steam Packet Company becoming the title sponsor in 2000.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward commented:- "The Company has a long association with motorsport in the Island and we are looking forward to next year's event, which runs from 7 July to 10 July 2014. Many future British and World Champions have tested their skills on the 4.25 mile Billown circuit on the outskirts of Castletown. The 4 day Southern 100 event attracts a truly international entry and is an established favourite in the road racing calendar which attracts top class solo riders and sidecar drivers from the British Isles, Europe as well as the Antipodes and of course our local riders from the Isle of Man. The mass starts and excellent vantage points on the circuit enable spectators to really savour the atmosphere of this popular race meeting which provides a focus for fans of Isle of Man road racing between the TT and Festival of Motorcycling."

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will also continue to offer special fares to competitors taking part in the Blackford's Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races which in 2014 take place on:- 23 May, 24 May and 26 May 2014.

Southern 100 President, Derek Nicholson said:- "The Club are greatly appreciative of the continued and much valued support of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and look forward to working closely with them as our 2014 event approaches."

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