Wirral MP backs Green Belt and urges residents to have their say on the Local Plan

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27 Jan 2020

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood is urging people who live in Wirral West to contribute to the consultation on Wirral Council’s draft Local Plan.

The 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 legislation.

The 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 building. 

The 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.

If 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.

Margaret Greenwood has consistently called on Wirral Council to protect the Green Belt.

The 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.

Wirral 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.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“Once finalised, the Local Plan will shape the economic and social development of Wirral over the next 15 years.

“It 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.

“I 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 natural environment.

“Green Belt land offers many benefits: providing a habitat for wildlife, improving the health and wellbeing of local people and mitigating the effects of climate change.

“I 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.

“It is, of course, imperative that we build decent, affordable homes, but these homes should be on brownfield sites.”