• Thornton, housing, masterplan, Sefton Council

Outline plans to extend Thornton village with up to 268 homes

A masterplan to extend the village of Thornton with up to 268 new homes has been submitted to Sefton Council.

Applicant Nuffield College, which controls the plot of land north of Lydiate Lane, has put forward an outline planning application for the site.

Details of the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the proposed residential scheme have not yet been outlined, but the planning application does highlight how the land could be transformed for the large number of properties and how it could be accessed.

According to a document submitted to the local authority, the masterplan would pave the way for a “sympathetic” extension to Thornton which would retain trees and hedgerows and work with the “natural topography of the land”.

It would also “sit comfortably” alongside existing homes in the immediate surrounding areas, incorporate new areas of open space for informal play and recreation, and encourage “non-motorised modes of transport” with pedestrian focused streets and lanes.

The report, by the urban design and masterplanning studio e*SCAPE urbanists which has been working on the project, goes on to add: “The masterplan illustrates a layout which is flexible and can accommodate a range of housing types and sizes to appeal to a broad market providing housing choice and diversity locally.”

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