Posted by: John Brace | 4th Dec 2017

Wirral Council consultation on changes to the greenbelt finishes on Wednesday!

Wirral Council consultation on changes to the greenbelt finishes on Wednesday!

                                     

Wirral Council’s Planning Committee can still recommend land in the greenbelt is developed if they deem special circumstances apply

Wirral Council’s Planning Committee can still recommend land in the greenbelt is developed if they deem special circumstances apply

Wirral Council is planning a review of what land is in the greenbelt. There is a consultation on how they will decide what is or isn’t greenbelt land that finishes at 5pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Details of the consultation and a consultation on what land will be in its Brownfield Register (the deadline for that consultation is the same as the greenbelt one) can be found on Wirral Council’s website.

In the past changes to what is greenbelt have proved controversial.

The day after the consultation ends Conservative councillors have called a special meeting of Wirral Council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee to discuss a recent letter from the government about the lack of a Local Plan.

A timescale to be discussed at that meeting shows that Wirral Council expect it’ll be just over three years before a Local Plan is adopted (that sets out planning policy).

A question earlier this year to Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayor Steve Rotheram asking about whether he would be exercising powers to decide on planning applications in Wirral’s greenbelt was answered that he wouldn’t be doing so during his term of office.

Wirral Council has in the past removed land it owns from the greenbelt, approved a planning application for development on it, then sold it for development for large sums of money.

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Responses

  1. John,
    The final paragraph sums up Wirral’s attitude to ‘Greenbelt’,remove then sell at a vast profit to their chums!!!

    • Keeping the greenbelt as it is also has an economic value too ranging from improvements to health, tourism, lower risk of flooding and biodiversity.

      But hey what do I know, I’ve only lived on the Wirral for over three decades!?

  2. I have submitted my comments to Council’s Consultation in the full and certain knowledge that the Elected Members and Officials will take no notice and continue as if nothing was said by any of us Council Tax-payers.

    Our voices and concerns were ignored for the fire station and for every other so-called consultation. The “consult” box has been ticked and there it will end.


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