Why are people objecting to the Hoylake Golf Resort plans?

Cllr Phil Davies at a recent Cabinet meeting

Why are people objecting to the Hoylake Golf Resort plans?


Cllr Phil Davies at a recent Cabinet meeting
Cllr Phil Davies at a recent Cabinet meeting

Regular readers of this blog will know that this blog has covered Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s efforts to find land for a new fire station first in the centre of Greasby and now on the outskirts of Saughall Massie. However, a much larger threat to Wirral’s greenbelt has received little media attention so far.

The plans for a Hoylake Golf Resort cover an area of 357 acres in the greenbelt. Wirral Council own about 189 acres which they lease to farmers. Hoylake Municipal Golf Course occupies a further 106 acres (which is also owned by Wirral Council). The remaining ~63 acres are owned by private landowners. These landowners have signed agreements with Wirral Council to sell their land if planning permission is granted for the Hoylake Golf Resort.

Wirral Council’s Cabinet agreed to spend money to move forward plans for Hoylake Golf Resort back in 2013 at a cost of £178,823. In April 2014 Wirral Council’s Cabinet agreed to pay a further £113,189 so that the announcement could be made in time for the 2014 Open Championship.

However the Open Championship came to Wirral in 2014 and went with no announcement. Instead a year later in 2015 Wirral Council announced that the Nicklaus Joint Venture Group had been awarded preferred developer status.

Wirral Council ran a "consultation" that closed last month on the plans. Once a formal planning application is submitted people will have a further opportunity to state their views on the plans.

Commenting on the plans for a Hoylake Golf Resort local councillor Gerry Ellis stated, “As a concept, it’s a wonderful project that could bring much employment to the area and provide excellent new facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy. However, I see many problems ahead which are likely to slow down or even derail the development. Many objectors are already raising their concerns about loss of Green Belt, disturbances to wildlife, potential flooding problems and lots of other issues.

I’m keeping an open mind on it and waiting with interest to see the planning application and other detailed proposals of the developers which are due to be revealed within the next few months.”

Local people have set up a website to air concerns they have about the plans.

A planning application for Hoylake Golf Resort is expected towards the end of 2016.

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Author: John Brace

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29 thoughts on “Why are people objecting to the Hoylake Golf Resort plans?”

  1. WMBC are seriously out of their depth on this, as will become clear when the tidal wave of objections hit when the first plans are released for approval. They have overlooked so much and hopefully, the new ‘owner’ of the project within the council (now Adderley has gone with his tasty swag-bag) will see sense and mothball it before it goes to inquiry level.

    1. If it helps, David Armstrong (Assistant Chief Executive) at Wirral Council is the person who has line management responsibility for posts that used to report to Kevin Adderley.

        1. In safe hands then.

          AdderleyDadderleyDooLally taught “Humpty Dumpty” how to lie publicly.

          Or, did lying just come naturally to him.



  2. Thanks John – I have a question for you…….Why are you submitting FOI requests to Wirral Council under three different names? Thanks in advance.

  3. Just for clarity – The ‘John’ I am referring to, is Mr. Hutchinson, not our esteemed Mr. Brace

  4. Sorry, but I am unable to comment further to an anonymous correspondent.

    Whoever we are, we are sufficiently grown up to own up to our names.

    Have you asked the other people who they are? You could try whatdotheyknow.com.

  5. Oh John My Boy

    Their local rubbish propaganda sheet

    ‘Compensation culture’ claims cost Wirral Council taxpayers £970,000

    What about the cock ups and mis-management that caused most of these payouts?

    Wirral “Funny” Bizz knocked off about £2,000,000.00 and Wirral spent about £250,000.00 defending their crimes and incompetence.

    Enough is enough.




  6. G’day John

    You say above

    If it helps, David Armstrong (Assistant Chief Executive) at Wirral Council is the person who has line management responsibility for posts that used to report to Kevin Adderley.

    I suggest the Assistant Chief Executive could take a little peep at what AdderleyDadderleyDooLally actually got up to re Wirral “Funny” Bizz and asset stripping and go report to the the Blinking CEO.

    He might get to ‘act’ the fool again without getting the job when “Eccles Cake Face” is past his use by date and gets the big pay off and goes back to where he lives.



  7. G’day John

    No bullshit good news in their local rubbish propaganda sheet this week is Fartin Lobsterpot on holidays or are they all just spending their week in their


    Not anything in the rubbish paper from over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters and AdderleyDadderleyDooLally and “The Chamber Potty” kept their heads below the parapet thank God as they don’t have a very good record with start ups.

    “Chamber’s drive to encourage more start-ups across the region”

    Have I ever told you about Wirral “Funny” Bizz?

    Or, was it just the combined authority dumped “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill” and all things Wirral from the Northern *hithouse?

    I would.



  8. G’day John

    Talking of their local rubbish propaganda sheet.

    Wirral MEP’s fury after billions go missing as EU embassies run up aid bills

    This man needs to go and talk to AdderleyDadderleyDooLally cos he reckons on John “Tarrantino” Brace’s filum of 8 October 2015 that this is not our money anyway.

    What an effing galah.



      1. There isn’t a Cabinet meeting on that date (*unless there’s going to be a special meeting of Cabinet not in the calendar yet or it’s going to be taken as a delegated decision). 1st February 2015 means the earliest possible date the decision could be made. It doesn’t mean the date on which it will be made.

    1. Redaction is so easy these days. If the documents were to be redacted, we would know what is going on. I don’t want to know how much things cost – I just want to see what Councillors are saying. I suspect that we are being sold something bad for us.

      The only way for business to succeed is to take money from other businesses. Hoylake businesses will not have trade sent to them by the Resort. The Resort will take trade away.

      1. If councillors on the Cabinet agree with officer’s recommendation that it be considered in private, then councillors will decide that the press and public will be excluded from the rest of the meeting which will then be held in private.

  9. G’day John

    Noticed there is a “Kitchen Cabinet” meeting this morning.

    They are sneaking some big ticket items through John aren’t they or is this normal.


    Listening to the elderly except Hobro and Griffiths or anyone else that has dirt on this scum.

    Golf Fees

    And, I didn’t look closely but “The Chamber Potty” features with photos.

    I presume she is begging for her and “AdderleyDadderleyDoolally’s wages and support their 20/20 vision……………………… err I mean blind society plan for the next five years.

    John keep an eye on them.



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