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Greenbelt land in Knowsley is at risk

Hundreds of homes could be built on greenbelt land in Knowsley.

A government inspector has been checking the local plan for development that Knowsley council has been putting together.

But he says the authority’s proposals will not provide enough houses between now and 2018.

Councillors have met to discuss how to alter the local plan so that it meets the inspector’s requirements.

Council officers are suggesting that some of the ‘reserve locations’ on greenbelt land be  incorporated into the proposals for development over the next few years.

These had been earmarked for possible use in the long term plan but are now set to be  developed in the short term.

The sites include Bank Lane in Kirkby, Knowsley Lane in Huyton, land bounded by the A58 in Prescot, land east of Halewood and land south of Whiston.

The council will need to find space for another 391 homes.

It says in its report: “The inspector considers that the specific locations identified by the council  for release from the green belt in the plan are sound. He does not consider that any of the  alternative locations put forward by land owners and/or their agents warrant inclusion in the plan.

“This again reaffirms the approach being taken by the council.”

The draft local plan includes 8,100 new homes and developing 183.5 hectares of land for employment.

It also involves six main areas for regeneration at North Huyton/Stockbridge Village, Knowsley Industrial and Business Parks, Tower Hill, Kirkby town centre, Prescot Town Centre, and South Prescot.

The inspector is also recommending that the council incorporates more land for business development in its plan.

The council is suggesting that land at Knowsley Lane, Huyton could be developed into a business park and that greenbelt land to the east of Knowsley Industrial Park and Business Park is used for employment use.

Public hearings about the plan are expected to take place next month.

There will then be a formal public consultation about the changes to the plan before the  inspector gives his verdict.

I heard that Knowsley made a right balls up, of it's projected housing provision, and had to run around finding "suitable" additions, to their original plans! Forum Index -> Liverpool News & Chat
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