Halsall Residents Against Planning

The land in question
Land between adjacent to New Cut Lane  has been earmarked for a housing development equating to 150+ houses to be built on grade "A" argricultual green belt land. It is also proposed to aquire (grab) sizable chunks of existing homeowners rear gardens to make the building plot viable. At present, some of the plot is currently not being used for farming and is untouched and overgrown, which is of great benefit to the large and varied wildlife.

Much of the sensitive moss land which New Cut Lane runs through was reclaimed a few centuries ago from wetlands being drained by Dutch engineers (hence the Dutch influenced local village names) using various drainage techniques ensuring soil quality that is fertility rich in moisture and nutrients, hence the grade "A" farmland certification.

However, the sensitive peat substructure and surrounding farm area is unstable, subject to flooding and is designated by the Environment Agancy as a Flood Plain. Driving down New Cut Lane during the winter months or after heavy rainfall, fields full of excess water is very visable. For residents, boggy or flooded gardens can be the norm
and Council and Water Utilities tankers are in regular use pumping overloaded drains, sewers and front gardens.

Due to climatic global warming, the situation can only gradulately get worse and house building and contents insurance polices will eventually rise to cover the increasing flood risk. Remember the recent issues for owners of new developments in the South of England who naively built on known flood plains that are now uninsurable!

The plot of land to which the council wish developers to build on has a brook, underground river and lies on a fault line where rich peet meets the soft sandy soil that most of Southports properties are built on. If developers disturb the brook and river bed, where does that water then flow to?

Outlining plan for 150 dewlings

 Environment Agency at risk Flood map


 Proposed entrance to the new housing estate