What with the recent announcement from the government regarding their desire to make the planning process less complicated, we thought we’d republish what Callum McGregor from CPRE has written on the subject. He writes, as follows…
We hope everyone reading this is in good health during these very strange times. Despite the difficulties and fears which come with a pandemic like Corona Virus, we are still acting as a Society and trying to keep everyone in the loop about changes to Wirral’s landscape, as well as its man-made features. Therefore, we are happy to be able to bring you a summary on what we have been doing over the past few weeks.
Here is a summary of items we are currently monitoring and acting upon, where we feel it is necessary.
Wirral Council’s Draft Local Plan Consultation
At present, the Council is progressing with its “Issues and Options” Consultation for the Draft Local Plan (Reg 18). We welcome the Council’s ‘Preferred Option’ of retaining the Green Belt and developing the many acres of brown field land. However, the Council still considers it has to go along with the Government’s target of 12,0000 new houses over the plan period with one assume some 20,000 to 30,000 new residents.
The Fight to Save Green Space in Old West Kirby Begins
Readers of our Chairman’s latest report will have noted his mention the threat to the Glebe land owned by the Diocese of Chester on Rectory Road, West Kirby.
On 3 October 2019, a public meeting was held at St Bridget’s Church to discuss the potential planning application to build a retirement complex on the land, which is currently occupied by horses. Concerned resident Sue Darwent, attended the meeting and put together the following report.