178 homes approved on “treasure” woods labeled “dog toilets”

Plans to build 178 houses in the woods in Huyton were approved tonight over objections from local residents over the loss of green space.

Speaking at a Knowsley Council Planning Committee meeting this evening, Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan described the land, which includes a crescent-shaped urban green space off Hillside Avenue in Huyton , like a “dog toilet”.

The proposals involve the construction of a total of 178 homes, including 36 two-bedroom, 24 four-bedroom and 118 three-bedroom homes that developer Gleeson Homes said would provide affordable options to local residents and marketed especially to local residents. key workers.

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Recent developments have taken place around the site by the same developer and several objections were received by local residents ahead of the meeting, with some expressing concern over the loss of 120 trees from the site and a green space, which one person described as “” the only piece of natural land remaining in the area.

Several residents have supported the proposals, citing issues with fly dumping and antisocial behavior at the site, which was previously a residential development before being demolished several years ago.

A previous planning request submitted by Gleeson homes for the land was denied in 2019 for a number of reasons related to the design and layout of the properties and because a proper bat survey had failed. was performed to determine habitat loss.

178 houses are to be built on the land, which lies north of Hillside Avenue in Huyton

Following a presentation of the planning request by officers and a representative of the promoter, Cllr Morgan said: behavior, for flies tipping.

“I took the opportunity to go down on the weekend and was quite shocked by the state of the ground, it was also a bit of a dog’s toilet.”

In order to alleviate the urban green space that would be lost by development, a payment of almost £ 340,000 of the developer’s contributions under Section 106 was requested as a condition of the building permit, to be used for the improvement of existing public open spaces, tree planting and maintenance and creation of a semi-natural prairie habitat.

Cllr Morgan added that the funds “will be welcome and hopefully address some of the concerns of opponents.”

Green Cllr Kai Taylor, who joined the planning committee tonight, asked about the cost of the houses, which the developer said would be ‘starter houses’ starting at £ 133,000 for a two-bedroom house and up to £ 240,000 for a four bedroom house. , although the President said the issue of pricing could not be a planning issue.

Cllr Dennis Baum said: “As a neighborhood councilor for this area, I haven’t received any requests to support objections or anything like that. In fact, the reverse is true.

“The only complaint I have received is about the site, the fly spills, dog fouling, although it may not be a planning issue, the houses across the street are constantly complaining about looking out. their windows and see basically for lack of a better word a big point.

The councilors then proceeded to a vote and approved the plans, subject to the conditions and payment of section 106 contributions.

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