Wirral West MP urges residents to have their say on latest Leverhulme Estates planning appeal

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24 Aug 2023
Margaret Greenwood MP is calling on residents to contact the Planning Inspectorate to raise their concerns over Leverhulme Estates’ latest plans to build homes on Wirral’s green belt. 

The developer has lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate after Wirral Council rejected plans for 240 homes on land east of Rigby Drive in Greasby. 

Interested parties have until 18 September to send their comments to the Planning Inspectorate. The appeal will also feature a public inquiry which is set to begin on 5 December. 

Separately, it emerged last week that the government has decided that it will not be stepping in to decide the outcome of seven planning appeals by Leverhulme Estates regarding applications to build nearly 800 homes on green belt land in Wirral.    

It had been asked to do so by Margaret Greenwood MP and representatives of Wirral Council, including council leader Cllr Paul Stuart and deputy leader Cllr Jean Robinson. 

Those appeals have already been the subject of a public inquiry which finished last month, and a decision by the Planning Inspectorate is expected soon. 

Speaking about Leverhulme Estates’ latest appeal, Margaret Greenwood MP said: 

“This is another attempt by Leverhulme Estates to build homes on Wirral’s green belt. 

“Wirral Council has previously rejected this particular planning application, and Wirral West residents have come out strongly against it.  

“Residents have made it abundantly clear that they want the green belt to be protected. It is important that they submit their concerns and objections to the Planning Inspectorate. 

“We need homes to be built on brownfield sites, and Wirral Council have set out a clear plan for that. 

“We now have a situation in Wirral where there is conflict between what, on the one hand, both the local council and local people want for the future of the borough, and, on the other hand, what developers want. 

“I would urge people to have their say before the 18 September deadline and let the Planning Inspectorate know how strongly they feel about protecting the green belt.” 

You can find the appeal and make a representation via this link: https://tinyurl.com/4ey9aawj 

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