Wirral MP backs Green Belt and urges residents to have their say on the Local Plan
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27 Jan 2020
West MP Margaret Greenwood is urging people who live in Wirral West to
contribute to the consultation on Wirral Council’s draft Local Plan.
Local Plan sets out a vision for housing and economic development in Wirral
over the next 15 years, in line with the requirements of national policy and
council’s preferred option, outlined in the draft Local Plan, is for the
borough’s housing need to be met through a brownfield first approach, which
would prioritise only urban and previously developed land for house
consultation document details how this can be achieved largely through the
regeneration of key locations in Birkenhead and Wallasey. Wirral Council is
looking for residents, landowners and developers across the borough to give
their views on these proposals through the consultation.
the council cannot meet its housing requirement using only brown field sites,
it must also consult on other options. For this reason, the consultation also
includes options that involve the release of Green Belt land for development.
Greenwood has consistently called on Wirral Council to protect the Green Belt.
public consultation runs for eight weeks and closes at 5pm on 23rd March. Residents can register via the online portal to take
part in the consultation. People can also put forward their views by emailing
or telephoning the Council to request a separate questionnaire.
Council is hosting a number of Drop-In sessions across the borough where people
will have the opportunity to meet with planning officers and discuss the
proposals outlined in draft Local Plan. Details of these events can be found here.
In Wirral West, sessions will be held at the Concourse in West Kirby on
Thursday 30 January 12.30-8pm and Wednesday 19 February 12.30-8pm.
Greenwood MP said:
finalised, the Local Plan will shape the economic and social development of
Wirral over the next 15 years.
is really important that people have an input into the future of Wirral and I
would urge Wirral West residents to have their say in the public consultation
on the Local Plan.
know from the hundreds of emails and letters that I have received that people
in Wirral West care deeply about protecting the Green Belt and preserving our
Belt land offers many benefits: providing a habitat for wildlife, improving the
health and wellbeing of local people and mitigating the effects of climate
know how precious the green spaces in Wirral West are to the people who live
here and how important they are to the character of the area.
is, of course, imperative that we build decent, affordable homes, but these
homes should be on brownfield sites.”