Under The Planning Act of 2004, all local councils were required to have a clear 'Local Plan' for development. This Plan would clearly state the areas to be protected and conserved, such as Wirral’s Green Belt, and those areas which would be earmarked for development for housing and commercial use
For 15 years, Wirral’s Labour Council dithered and delayed, until the Minister for Housing finally lost patience and, in 2018 ‘intervened’, ordering the Labour Leader Cllr. Phil Davies to get on with publishing its Local Plan or risk Government intervention. You can read his letter here .
With the tireless work of local campaign groups and Conservative Group Policy to oppose any new developments in Wirral’s Green Belt, a draft Local Plan was finally published in 2022. This Plan does not designate any Green Belt for development and, instead, requires developers to invest and regenerate the eastern side of the Borough.
However, in a cynical move, precipitated by years and years of delay by Labour politicians, the Town Hall’s Head of Planning has confirmed the receipt of seven valid planning applications for a total of 788 houses by the developer Leverhulme Estates who are attempting to get these applications passed prior to adoption of the Local Plan.
This is a full list of their applications all with Wirral’s Green Belt:
OUT/22/00941 – Dale View Close/ Gills Lane, 92 dwellings
OUT/22/00942 – Thorncroft Drive, 15 dwellings
OUT/22/00943 – Milner Road, 120 dwellings
OUT/22/00944 – Barnston Road, 153 dwellings
OUT/22/00945 – West of Raby Hall, 38 dwellings
OUT/22/00946 – Glenwood Drive, 290 dwellings
OUT/22/00947 – East of Raby Hall, 80 dwellings
So, we need your help to continue our fight to protect Wirral’s precious Green Belt. Please complete our survey below to make sure we keep Wirral green.