Sefton's Formby Area Committee met last Thursday (18th November) and received a report on the future of Formby's Green Belt. In it, our local District Councillors were told:
There were areas on the edge of most towns and some villages where development could take place without adversely affecting the overall extent of the Sefton Green Belt.
As there are different issues and priorities in each part of Sefton, we are likely to propose different solutions in each area. This means that we may need to release land in Southport & Formby to provide affordable housing sooner than in other areas.
The report goes on:
The Green Belt Study has indicated that there may be some scope to the north and south of Formby. (Para 4.2)
According to the report based on it's existing population, Formby would need to find space for a further 840 extra homes. Our local District Councillors were asked, 'Are there any particular groups that you think we should invite' to a consultative workshop early next year. Not the most democratic way to approach this issue.
Do you want to be part of the consultative process? In my view the issue is too important to confine it to a few small specially selected groups, I would like to see a meeting for any Formby residents who want to hear about the proposals directly and make their views known. What do you think? Please write to me or add a comment below.