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Posted by: John Brace | 26th August 2015

Planning Committee to decide on plans for 26 flats on site of former Corsair pub in Bidston Village

Planning Committee to decide on plans for 26 flats on site of former Corsair pub in Bidston Village

                                           

John Brace on the site of the former Corsair pub, Bidston Village

John Brace on the site of the former Corsair pub, Bidston Village

The first month I started this blog I wrote a story on the demolition of the Corsair pub at one end of Bidston Village. I finished that piece by stating "I will be making enquiries to see if there are any future plans for the site." The site in 2015 still looks as much of an eyesore as it did when the photo was taken in 2010.

Verum Victum Healthcare Limited (the agents) have applied for planning permission for twenty-six one-bedroom apartments on the site of the former Corsair pub. The planning application will be decided when Wirral Council’s Planning Committee next meets (unless councillors agree to a site visit). You can see elevations for how the agent envisages it would look on Wirral Council’s website. The elevations however don’t show the metal railings around the perimeter to a height of 1.5 metres that are part of the plans.

Such a modern looking building of three stories would be out-of-place in Bidston Village and it’s sad that the designs submitted with the plans aren’t more in keeping with the surrounding area. Although the site of the former pub is just outside the Bidston Village Conservation Area, it borders the Conservation Area on two sides. Across the road to the east is Church Farm and the buildings to the north across the road are set back from the road. None of the buildings nearby are of a similar height.

The sheer size of what is proposed and the design would not be in keeping with the rural nature of this part of Bidston Village and I hope this planning application is refused by Wirral Council’s Planning Committee.

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  1. One to watch.

    Just imagine how ‘out of place’ a fire station with a 48ft training tower, on the doorstep of sheltered bungalows, on the only amenable public green-space in Saughall Massie would be.

    Oh and it’s green-belt,

    • Yes I can well imagine. I remember the Chief Fire Officer said at the meeting that as it was in the green belt they could blend the fire station into its surroundings referring to one in Cumbria?

      So what’ll they make the 48ft training tower look like then? A giant beanstalk?

      Mind you they’ve already handed over the cow (and cows for the next few decades) to the PFI contractor for a bunch of magic beans… the beans magic power being that they make the PFI contractor lots of money. 😀

  2. And i bet they all look like little boxes!

    • One bedroom apartments usually do!


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