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Planning Inspector Rejects Plans for South of Formby Industrial Estate

There's likely to be a mixed response to the Planning Inspectors decision to exclude the proposal for south of Formby Industrial Estate.

Local Plan Inspectors Decision Live

The proposal was for the mixed-use development of employment floorspace and a significant expansion of the existing sports facilities. 

The development would be contained within the area marked on the map. This is provided purely for illustrative purposes and is not accurate.

In his judgment, the Inspector made the following comments.

FORMBY EMPLOYMENT ALLOCATION

1. In my Note dated 18 November 2016 (EX.126) I gave Formby and Little Altcar Parish Councils and Sefton Council the opportunity of making the choice of employment allocation at Formby at a local level via the Formby & Little Altcar Neighbourhood Development Plan. In their responses the Councils have stated that they wish the choice to be made by me in the Sefton Local Plan. I understand these decisions and the reasons behind them, and I thank the parties for giving the suggestion their serious consideration......

4.......Both proposed schemes should deliver an acceptable mix of employment development, which is the main objective of the allocation at Formby. Taking all relevant matters into account, whilst the benefits of the South scheme would be considerable, in my judgement they do not outweigh the significantly greater adverse impacts of the South scheme when compared to the lesser impacts of the North scheme. I consider that the North scheme would be the more sustainable development and would achieve greater consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework.(My italics)


5. Consequently the allocation of Land North of Formby Industrial Estate (MN2.48), which was included in the ‘Proposed Modifications Local Plan’ published for consultation in June 2016, will remain in the Plan as the sole strategic employment allocation at Formby in policy MN2, with the site-specific requirements set out in policy MN4.......

To read the full report see:

https://www.sefton.gov.uk/media/1178364/EX129_Inspectors-Note-re-Formby-employment-allocation-26Jan17.pdf