Sefton Local Plan Consultation

local_plan_logoSefton Council approved the Local Plan Preferred Option and supporting documents for consultation on 27 June 2013.  The Local Plan will shape the future of Sefton for years to come. It sets out how new development will be managed in the period from 2015 to 2030, encourages sustainable development and economic growth and gives current and future generations more opportunities to live and work in Sefton’s outstanding environment.

Sefton Council’s  Local Plan pages feature the main Plan and a range of other information To open CLICK HERE 

There is also a  comment form so people can have their say

The Nearest consultation meetings for residents in the Crosby area is:-

8th August and 6th September.

2-8pm

at St Lukes Church Hall

Book in advance phone 0151 934 3602

or EMAIL local.plan@sefton.gov.uk

Local Plan consultation

Sefton Local Plan

Planning Matters

Planning Matters

The Local Plan for Sefton is a 15-year strategy to encourage sustainable development and economic growth and give current and future generations more opportunities to live and work in the borough.
The Government requires councils to develop a Local Plan and Sefton has no choice but to face the issues and challenges that it raises.
Once agreed, the plan is designed to make Sefton an even better place to live, work and visit – with improved housing, new infrastructure, transport links and more job opportunities.
READ THE FULL REPORT CLICK HERE

3 Development options  in the Crosby area

3 Development options in the Crosby area

option for development at Hall Road, Blundellsands

option for development at Hall Road, Blundellsands

 

Sefton Council’s “Preferred Option” for the Local Plan

Planning Matters

Planning Matters

New ToryLibDem Planning legislation would leave developers free to build more or less wherever they wanted unless  Council’s  have an approved Local Plan specifying where development would be allowed.

Sefton Council’s Local Plan has been developed by Council Planning officers, headed by Alan Lunt and will be proposed to the Planning Committee on Wednesday next week. Prior to that planning committee members will visit each site.

There will then be a public consultation on the proposals where everyone will be able to make their views known.

The Plan is due for publication in June/Jul 2014 to be submitted to the secretary of state in Sep 2014 will cover development until 2030

The areas shown in the plans below would allow for 339 new properties in the areas surrounding Crosby in the 15 years from 2015. Indicated below as SF4 19, SF4 20 and SF4 21GB List
This information is now in the Public domain and is available in the link below.

The Full Local Plan(The Preferred Option) is available CLICK HERE

crosby development

Crosby Development 2

Sefton Library review – closures?

Carnegie

Carnegie Library, Crosby

Proposals to implement Sefton Council’s Strategic Plan for Libraries” will be decided at the meeting of it’s Cabinet at Southport Town Hall on Thursday 23rd May at 10:00 am.

The proposals include the possible closure of the nearest Library to Victoria Ward Carnegie Library in December 2013

The proposals include improvements to services in other Libraries including the removal of fees for reservations and PC usage.

A community group hoping to propose a rescue package for Carnegie Library has been formed calledFriends of Carnegie Library

Planning:- Developers to ride rough-shod over communities, the green belt and nature reserves.

Planning icon

Planning Matters

In two hushed announcements by the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government)  the Torylibdems are giving developers rights to ignore communities. Hidden in the bowels of the right wing press and unannounced on television news channels the two devastating moves  have been announced:-

Government report recommends giving developers the “right to slash Nature” by allowing builders to bulldoze some of the country’s most beautiful areas.

Judge gives energy firms the right to build wind farms 350 metres from homes.

READ MORE CLICK HERE

Neighbourhood wars are coming

evil pickles

Eric Pickles MP DCLG Minister

Planning iconNeighbourhoods across the country set to be at war after Eric Pickles with the eager collaboration of the Liberal Democrats, narrowly squeezes through his bill allowing a planning free-for-all on building extensions of as much as 24 feet without permission or consideration of neighbours rights, amenity or concerns.

The few remaining wealthy but sharp-elbowed people across the country will be spending their newly awarded tax cut lolly in B&Q this weekend in preparation to building giant extensions without any care what their neighbours might think.

It seems Eric Pickles; as well as  hating local Democracy, now detests neighbourhood’s and communities and their rights too.

This unelected and unmandated Government continues to ruin  the country for the benefit of the minority at the expense of us all.

I sense a change though. This funeral guff is changing people’s perception and the culture of “I’m alright Jack” and “Looking after number 1” is in it’s death throes.

If you get the news from the BBC/ITV/SKY or Tory newspapers you probably don’t know that…

NHS

From April 1st the NHS will no longer exist in it’s current form and will be moving to full privatisation on the US model.

Dr Lucy Reynolds Interview in the British medical journal

TAX CUTS

For the 1.5 per cent of earners who make over £150,000 a year, the top rate of income tax will be reduced from 50 per cent to 45 per cent on 6 April. The move will benefit the UK’s 13,000 income millionaires by an average of £100,769 a year.

The reduction of the minimum threshold to £10,000  benefits higher earners vastly more than lower earners and doesn’t affect the lowest paid.

Beer Duty. You would need to drink 350 pints of Guinness to get a free one.

BENEFITS

Social Security awards of all types are capped at only1% for the next 3 years,  whilst inflation varies between 3-5% and is forecast to be higher thereby cutting Social Security payments  potentially by 12% and probably more.

The ToryLibdems have ordered savings from the housing benefit budget of £465 million to be found by setting a tax on families defined to be under-occupying Housing association properties. “The Bedroom Tax”  Costing families around £100 -£120 per month.  The scheme  ignores the practicalities:-

* The cost of moving would outweigh the savings of paying the tax for many. 

* Moving to a private rent would require two months advance rent in most cases. Rent in the private sector is higher. Where would anyone on low income find this? Anyway most private landlords do not accept those on Housing Benefit (or with pets)

* There are very, very few smaller properties available anyway. 

* If most of those affected did move there wouldn’t be any savings made. The small amount of freed properties would not make the slightest dent on  housing waiting lists containing millions of families not tens of thousands.

* Disabled people and their families are disproportionately affected and the only Government help offered (the discretionary fund) is worth £2.51 per week against a rent support shortfall of £14

COUNCIL TAX

Support for council tax has been “reformed” now most of the lowest paid, claimants and vulnerable will have to find; in many cases around £30 per month for this new POLL TAX

LEGAL AID

Legal Aid for Social Security appeals, unfair dismissal  and other social based cases has been ceased from April 1st. Denying justice to to the lowest paid, claimants and the most vulnerable.

CITIZENS ADVICE  BUREAUX

Funding for the already overstretched CAB is reduced from £33 million to £2 million. Further denying support advice to the lowest paid, claimants and the most vulnerable.

WORKFARE

This month the government applied retrospective legislation denying payments to claimants who had been illegally mandated to work for the Workfare scheme and had lost significant amounts of Social Security payments.

SOCIAL FUND/CRISIS LOANS

These have now been stopped and a miniscule fund devolved to Councils many of who’m have decided to replace cash payments with pre-loaded gift cards for use in certain stores.

FOODBANKS

The use of Foodbanks has tripled from 41,000 to 129,000 since the ToryLibdems formed the coalition.

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

Has risen 48,000 to 993,000 in the last qtr

A one-off 28% capital gains tax on the recent increase in wealth of the top 1,000 richest in the UK would pay off the deficit and still leave the richest with millions in profit each. That would free money for a massive building program to build desperately needed social housing. Thus creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and would  reduce Social Security repayments.  

When the ToryLibdems are kicked out and humiliated in 2015. The incoming Labour Government will have great difficulty turning back the clock on NHS privatisation. It must be done. 

Workfare must stop, everyone deserves a living wage. If they’ve got it they spend it, if they spend it, that spending  creates Growth. 

All the indecencies inflicted by this uncaring, inhumane government on the poorest and most vulnerable must be overturned.  

Treasury may demand10% more cuts – a crisis looms.

evil pickles

Eric Pickles MP. head of DCLG

Child povertyDanny Alexander MP Libdem treasury minister wrote today indicating that 10% more cuts may be ordered from unprotected departments.
Jaames Landale Deputy Political editor at the BBC estimates that it would mean another £2.1bn would be cut from local Government funding. Depending on the Local Government spending settlement set by the DCLG in May, that could leave Sefton Councilwith around only half it’s original controllable budget. A crisis looms.