Refuse planning application to build 200 dwellings on greenbelt Bankfield Lane, Southport
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The planning application submitted by Wainhomes Limited is not acceptable and should be refused in its present form for the following reasons:
1- The current issues with flooding and drainage and the Victorian sewers and pipework could not support such a large development.
2.The three storey style flats / apartments proposed are not in keeping with the area, there are no other three storey buildings in the vicinity , therefore , not in keeping with the local area and will be visable from Churchtown Conservation area
3. The local schools are already full and cannot take any further children
4. The development is so large that it will start in Churchtown and end up in Crossens,also that the building of 200 homes only 32 of them affordable, in Churchtown and encroaching into Crossens is against the policy set down by government,especially when you take into consideration the proposal to build a large number of houses on Brownfield land very near the development
5. There is a park entrance on Bankfield Lane, which is also an entrance used by parents taking their children to Churchtown Primary School, so at rush hour and school run time, the road is subject to extremely busy traffic, children crossing, parked cars etc, the school is one of the largest in Europe, and has 1200 primary school children, so as you can imagine the entrances to the school can get very busy at the start and end of the day.
The Botanic gardens are very busy at the weekends and during the week with the bowlers too and when the brass bands play during the summer, Bankfield lane is full of cars parked, and the road it a main artery into the town coming from the Plough roundabout and is as a result extremely busy.
The buses cannot pass easily now, and often have to give way to on coming traffic in order to manouver around the speed bumps, if a cyclist was on the road too then the traffic would simply come to a halt
6. The developer has a poor history of abiding to planning conditions in developments in Cornwall and therefore cannot be trusted to adhere to the conditions relating to the water voles etc.
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