"David Wilson Homes suggested that they will put in drainage ditches and make sure surface water will drain into the river and onto land on the other side of the bypass.
"Even if the flooding and traffic problems are solved, many people will rightly point out that this is green belt land.
“It is vitally important that these plans take into account residents' views and I am yet to be convinced that these plans will benefit people in Formby, not least because there is no getting away from the loss of the Green Belt.”
Local councillors have also backed up Mr Esterson’s concerns.
Cllr Nina Killen said: “We don't want to see any development on Green Belt while new homes remain unsold in the town and thousands of other homes in the borough lie empty. We want to assure Formby's residents that we are doing all we can to protect the Green Belt and stop inappropriate or unnecessary development.”
David Wilson Homes have said they have responded to residents’ concerns with updates to the plan, including improved public transport links and more pedestrian access. Andrew Taylor, planning director at David Wilson Homes, said: “We are aware of local views and understand that this is an emotive subject.
“However, we are keen to have constructive discussion with residents at the exhibition.”
For more information on the public exhibition, call 0161 247 8417.