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St Helens and Warrington Road proposal will harm farmland in Green Belt

Monday, 03 June 2019 17:33

CPRE Cheshire and Lancashire are united with local residents' groups in battling plans by St Helens Council for a road linking vast swathes of countryside and the former Parkside Colliery site. 

We agree the brownfield part of the site of the should be brought forward as identified for regionally important Strategic Rail Freight Infrastructure, to take freight off our road network, but disagree entirely that farmland should be sacrificed in the way proposed.

Parkside Colliery ceased production in 1993, and the link road has been proposed as part of a project to transform the site into a new employment park, with a strategic rail freight terminal. CPRE supports the development of brownfield land, but much of this site is either greenfield or Green Belt. The proposed new link road, which would link vast swathes of countryside and the former Parkside Colliery site, would open up land in the Green Belt for development, rather than the relatively small brownfield site created by the closure of the colliery.

Local landscape and environment would also be harmed, with light and noise pollution impacts, loss of tranquillity, loss of wildlife habitats and harm to the rural setting being a consequence of the link road development.

Download our objection letters below to read CPRE's full reasons for objection to this proposal. 

Extract from Design Statement:

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 For more details read our letters (download via the links below).

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