Wirral MP urges residents to oppose green belt development

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01 Jul 2022

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood is urging residents to have their say on planning applications that have been submitted to Wirral Council as part of Leverhulme Estate’s plans to build up to 788 new homes on the green belt. The applications are now live on the council website and people can submit their objections.

Margaret Greenwood is herself opposed to the development of green belt land.  

Leverhulme Estate’s plans propose the development of housing across more than 110 acres of green belt land in Wirral and include building on the following sites in Wirral West: 

  • OUT/22/00942: Up to 15 homes on a 0.82-hectare site located to the north of Gills Lane in Pensby, between Thorncroft Drive and Gills Lane Farm and stables: https://tinyurl.com/4bfhf5b5
  • OUT/22/00944: Up to 153 homes on a 7.35-hectare site located to the north of Gills Lane in Pensby and to the west of Barnston Road: https://tinyurl.com/4u79thyd
  • OUT/22/00941: Up to 92 homes on a 3.92-hectare site located a short distance from the local centre of Pensby Road, Pensby. It sits to the north of Gills Lane, between the existing residential streets of Dale View Close, Gwendoline Close and Thorncroft Drive: https://tinyurl.com/5y82yuu8
  • OUT/22/00946: Up to 290 homes on a 17.38-hectare site located to the north of Thingwall Drive, to the east of Glenwood Drive and to the west of Arrowe Park, Irby: https://tinyurl.com/2hfczede


Wirral Council’s recent draft Local Plan sets out a commitment to a brownfield-led policy on delivering almost 18,000 new homes, with the green belt being protected. 

Commenting on Leverhulme Estate’s plans, Margaret Greenwood said: 

“People in Wirral West value the green belt highly for the quality of life it provides. It is immensely important in shaping the character of the landscape. 

“It also has a vital role to play in our response to the climate and ecological emergency that we face, supporting habitats for wildlife and allowing nature to flourish. 

“The green belt is there to protect towns and villages from urban sprawl and to improve the wellbeing of those who live and work in the area. 

“There is a need to build new affordable homes and it is important that these are on brownfield sites, not on the green belt.” 

The Labour MP added:  

“I believe that it is vital that we protect the green belt, not just for the health and wellbeing of people today, but for future generations. 

“I would encourage everyone who cares about the environment to make sure they submit their objections to these proposals.

"We need to send a message loud and clear: no to building on the green belt.”