Posted by: John Brace | 3rd January 2020

Wirral Council Councillors asked to approve increase to 800 new homes a year as part of new Local Plan consultation

Wirral Council Councillors asked to approve increase to 800 new homes a year as part of new Local Plan consultation

                                     

House building on the Wirral 2018

House building on the Wirral 2018

Papers published today (3rd January 2019) on Wirral Council’s website, show their plans for a pair of public meetings on Monday 13th January 2019 for councillors to approve the next stage of public consultation on the Local Plan.

Wirral Council have previously been threatened with national government intervention and the process being taken out of their hands if Wirral Council continues with delay.

However what are the key points?

Well the number of new homes to be built a year over the 15 years of the Local Plan is recommended to go back up to 800 a year (or 12,000 over the lifetime of the Local Plan).

Following legal advice (presumably from Christopher Katkowski QC) a number of options (albeit not the preferred option) that include releasing green belt have been included.

Details of the meetings at which this next stage of the Local Plan process will be discussed are below. Cabinet refers to the ruling ten Labour councillors, whereas Council is all 66 councillors:-

Cabinet (Committee Room 1 – Wallasey Town Hall) 13th January 2019 starting at 1.00 pm.

Council (Council Chamber – Wallasey Town Hall) 13th January 2019 starting at 6.00 pm.

Both meetings will be webcast live by Wirral Council. The papers for the Cabinet meeting can be read here and Council meeting here.

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  1. Do we have available space to build 12,000 homes over this 15 year period?

    • Thanks for your comment.

      The consultation is really about that question – whether Wirral builds what would be high rise blocks on brownfield sites or ends up building on greenbelt during the 15 year period of the Local Plan.

      In theory I suppose it would be in theory possible to increase the land supply on Wirral by reclaiming land out to the Irish Sea – but I would expect it not be practical on both economic and environmental grounds.

      There’s a very vocal part of Wirral that campaigned about greenbelt issues before the May elections last year – so councillors will be wary of saying or doing anything that could be construed as being on the side of developers (whilst at the same time giving the impression that Wirral is business friendly).


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