Rainford Action Group
What you need to know:
- St Helens Council wants to change the green belt boundary and let developers build at least 1,140 houses.
- Six large green belt sites across Rainford have been earmarked for housing development – each site is high-quality farmland.
- No thought has been given to the extra pressure on our roads, surgeries, dentists, drains, or schools.
- Developers would be free to charge whatever they like for the houses they build. These will not be affordable homes.
Why this green belt grab is wrong:
- There are 3,500 empty houses in St Helens.
- St Helens’ population is lower than it was 30 years ago.
- Home ownership is higher in St Helens than the regional and national average. There is no housing crisis.
- St Helens Council would receive a huge financial bonus for each new house built. But money would go into a central pot and there is no guarentee it would be spent in Rainford.
- Important agricultural land and jobs would be lost forever.
What we believe:
- Rainford Residents would welcome sensible development that encourages investment into the village.
- What’s not welcome is the destruction of green belt land and the disproportionate scale of these plans.
- St Helens Council has left Pasture Lane partially closed for more than 12 months.
- Can we trust them to invest in the village and improve our infrastructure enough (and in time) to cope with at least 1,140 new house?