Persimmon Homes lorries in a residential area
Persimmon Homes lorries in a residential area

On Monday 22nd February, the Planning Inspectorate granted controversial planning permission for Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes to develop 841 houses on land east of Maghull.

This is despite demands from myself, from local councillors and from residents that a haul road be built to reduce traffic, which would connect the site direct to the new M58 Junction 1.

Although, following representations from residents, myself, and Councillors Patrick McKinley and Yvonne Sayers, developers have been banned from using residential streets in Maghull for construction traffic and HGVs, we believe Persimmon Homes should build the haul road considering that they will have to build one anyway once 250 houses have been built.

It is right that construction traffic won’t be allowed on the residential streets of Maghull but it makes no sense to use country lanes, some of which are impassable by HGVs.

Persimmon should take this opportunity to show that they are a responsible business and build a haul road to spare residents the misery of construction traffic travelling along the country roads of Melling.

I also wanted to let you know that, in a victory for residents and Maghull Town Council, we sought and won a number of important concessions. These include:

  • Flood protection will be built in and maintained in perpetuity
  • £495,000 provided to help pay for a new health centre
  • A play park will be erected in Whinney Brook
  • Contributions to the expansion of Summerhill Primary School
  • A local bus service
  • Contributions to the recently built slip roads at Junction 1 of the M58
  • Funding for the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

As a result of hard work by residents and councillors, we have protected the existing community, but now we need to get the developers to do the same rather than simply look at minimising their costs.

If this issue has affected you directly, please get in touch with me at or on 0151 531 8433.

The planning inspector’s report can be found here

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