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Publication date:- 2017-14-04

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 <<<Continued<<< "...show a possible relaxation of the regulations put in place to protect it.

On studying the HRA we would like to refer to a number of polices which we feel are relevant to our objections.

POLICY EQ2 Sets down the importance of new developments respecting its settings and the need to retain or enhance key views in the landscape, also that any development on the urban fringe should have a smooth transition into the countryside. FCS are concerned that the site proposals for 60 houses, a car park and toilet block will neither enhance the lovely wooded surroundings nor blend in with it. There will be a stark contrast between a wildlife site and rows of houses and cars.

POLICY EQ9 Says, loss or damage of existing trees or woodland on development sites should be avoided, trees that are lost should be replanted, and veteran trees are even more of a loss to wildlife and are irreplaceable. FCS believe that many trees will be lost in order to build the car park Trees on this site are around a hundred years old and are therefore of more importance. The absence of trees on this sight will have a detrimental effect on the whole landscape of this area.

POLICY MH1 Says Sefton's natural assets together with its landscape character should continue to contribute to the boroughs sense of place, local distinctiveness and quality of life, a hierarchal approach will be taken to the protection and enhancement of Sefton's natural assets, including ecological networks and green infrastructure. FCS say the proposals for this site do not conform in any way with the wording of this policy and that this well-known area of Formby will be changed beyond all recognition to residents and visitors alike. Its contribution as one of Sefton's natural assets will be nullified.

POLICY MH2 Says, developments that may cause significant harm will only be permitted in Local sites of conservation where the reason for and the benefits of development clearly outweigh the impact on the nature conservation of the site. FCS says, the proximity of this site to the local wildlife site will cause an impact on the habitats and continuing existence of endangered species who are resident there. Noise, light pollution and human activity close by could easily disturb the viability of the site. We are unsure that the benefits of a development on this scale will outweigh the impacts it will have.

FCS are aware that proposal MN2 14A in the Modifications Documents is at an early stage. We have seen that an HRA has to be carried out on this site. A thorough HRA investigation of the sites value to nature should then be able to be established. But FCS would like to point out that the council are saying they will carry out an HRA to enable this site to be "screened out "which will then mean that it will "not require further consideration", does this mean that its value has already been determined? If so it is of great concern. This site needs an independent appraisal and a thorough investigation; can we be assured of this? Will the statement in the HRA which says that proposals for site MN214A may result in a likely significant effect on a internally important site be acted upon.

In conclusion FCS does not feel that permitting a large scale development on this site is appropriate. The development will be outside the present residential boundary line of Formby defined by St.Lukes Road which runs in a straight line down its western edge. The march of urbanisation does not go beyond this boundary.

It is questionable if the site should all be designated as brown field; nearly 60% of it is undeveloped. The riding stables are very welcome and provide a much needed amenity due to the loss of many such facilities in Formby. The demolition of Shorrocks Hill is most regrettable, it was once an exclusive leisure complex and could have many worthwhile uses both privately or community based. FCS are aware that this site will be the subject of further consideration if it is included in the Local Plan but would urge the council to study the reasons in the replies they receive for the retention of this much loved area of Formby and why it deserves protection for its value towards the natural environment."
Mrs Y. Irving Amenities Secretary, Formby Civic Society.

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