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Deadline for opposing revised plans for Shorrocks Hill Country Club site is Thursday 9th November

The deadline for comments or objections on the REVISED  plans submitted for Shorrocks Hill Country Club on Lifeboat Road in #Formby is Thursday 9th November.

There is strong opposition from Formby residents to the REVISED proposed plans to turn former nightclub, Shorrocks Hill into 25 homes along with a 100 space public car park and toilet block for the National Trust.

The nightclub was once one of the biggest in Merseyside and was originally called Falcons Crest. The site closed in 2015 and once offered function suites, restaurants, and bars.

Members of the public have already opposed this application saying that this is already conjested area, especially in the Summer months. This is a Natural Conservation Reserve with wildlife and rare Red Squirrels and it should be protected. There are also a huge number of trees that will need to be removed.

The planning proposal says:

‘Hybrid planning application seeking outline consent for the erection for up to twenty-five custom-build dwellings with access to be determined and all other matters reserved; full planning permission is sought for the sitewide layout (all areas excluding housing plots); including associated infrastructure, access and landscaping; and the construction of a 100-space public car park with WC block.’

In simple terms, it is seeking approval for 25 Houses, Public Car Parking for 100 cars and a Public Toilet Block.

A Formby resident said: “Formby residents are well aware of the immense problems we have when day trippers visit in their cars. The appalling congestion we suffer from hundreds of vehicles trying to get as close to the beach as possible and emergency vehicles finding it near impossible getting through when traffic is at its worst."

"Now just imagine how bad it will be with 25 new houses and a car park plus two additional entrances on Lifeboat Road?"

"There are currently cars, coaches, horse boxes, pedestrians, pushchairs and caravan park residents all trying to get into and out of Lifeboat Road. Did you know that a huge amount of mature trees will also be destroyed? All this in a protected wildlife habitat that includes the endangered red squirrel."

"The bottleneck Formby already suffers from will get much worse and the negative effects do not bear thinking about."

Please note that actual Objections hold more credence than just comments. Please submit an objection to Sefton Council Planning department under reference DC/2022/02326.

The closing date for objections is Thursday 9th November 2023 so get your objections or comments done NOW!

Please see guidelines below to help with your objections.

The application reference is:

DC 2022/02326


GUIDANCE to submitting your objections:

1. Send the completed objection by email to

2. Subject title of the email, "Objection re planning proposal DC/2022/02326 (Shorrocks Hill Public Car Park and Housing Development)".

3. Use the same reference at the top of the cover email and/or any attachment for clarity.

4. Try to keep the objection as concise as possible - a word limit of 2,000 is permitted on the online portal, however letters or email objections could potentially be longer, it is probably good practice to be concise and focused.

5. Theme your objection by the four relevant categories: (a) Environmental impact; (b) over-development; (c) impact on safety; and (d) restrictions on road access. Place these in whichever order is most important to you - you do not need to follow this order.

6. It is easy to say so much else in an objection, but it is important to avoid putting anything which is not relevant to the categories above.

7. You must give your name and address in full so that the objection can be verified as being genuine. Data protection - the council cannot pass on your details to anyone without your consent.

8. Each individual can and should (if they wish) submit an objection - if more than one member of a household wishes to object, then they can and they should.



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