MP calls on council to protect green belt in Wirral

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23 Oct 2018

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has called on Wirral Council to protect the green belt.

Margaret Greenwood is urging her constituents to respond to Wirral Council’s consultation on its local plan – its statutory land-use planning document that sets out how the Borough should be developed over the next 15 years, in line with the requirements of national policy and legislation. This includes a review of the green belt.

Earlier this year, government calculations showed a requirement of 12,045 new homes over 15 years in Wirral, which raised concerns that parts of the green belt would need to be released for development.

However, new figures published last month by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest this should be reduced to around 7,000.

Margaret Greenwood said:

“I believe it is vitally important to protect the green belt for the quality of life it brings. The natural world is immensely important for our wellbeing and to mitigate the impact of climate change.

“It is important too that we build more homes, but these homes should be on brownfield sites.

“I have been inundated with correspondence from constituents who are clear that they do not want to see homes built on our green belt. I share their views.

“I am encouraging everyone who has an opinion on this matter to submit their views to the Council’s consultation, which closes on Friday 26 October.”

Details on how to respond to the consultation can be found via the following link:

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/planning-and-building/local-plans-and-planning-policy/local-plans/core-strategy-local-plan-6


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