Cheshire West and Chester Issues, May 2016

Cheshire & West Cheshire News

REdrow Homes proposal documentThe Wirral Society also take a keen interest in the area of Wirral that comes under the ‘Cheshire’ County boundary, here are some of the issues we have been involved with.

An appeal has been launched against the refusal of “affordable” housing in the Green Belt at Willaston. We objected to the original application and hope that the appeal will be refused.

The application to build a Equine Therapy unit near Childer Thornton funded by the “Enabling development” of some 15 houses in the Green Belt has been withdrawn.

The Redrow development for 2000 new houses off Ledsham Road continues.

All that is left to do we fear is to see if and how the houses sell!

West Wirral Issues, May 2016

Our monthly news report for West Wirral

Potential Hoylake Golf Resort LocationWe are helping the newly created Hoylake Golf Resort Committee, formed following the open meeting on the 29th March to raise awareness of the impacts of the proposed (for 15+ years) Hoylake Golf Resort. The traffic from the new road into Hoylake and the 100+ new houses will obviously impact the already busy Saughall Massie Road towards Saughall Massie ad the Motorway.

They will be holding an open meeting on Thursday 26th May at the Hoylake Chapel. All welcome, please spread the word.

We understand that the Hoylake Neighbourhood Plan has passed the approval of the Inspector and so there will be a referendum for the people of the Hoylake Neighbourhood Plan Area in the near future.

We remain very concerned that the area taken by the Hoylake Neighbourhood Plan exceeds the reasonable boundary of Hoylake, conveniently fitting in with the proposed Hoylake Golf Resort. We are further concerned that the only proposal for Hoylake in the Hoylake Neighbourhood Plan is the out of town Hoylake Golf Resort. Surely there must be ideas more focussed on regenerating the centre?

We were pleased to read that Cllr Watt (West Kirby and Thurstaston) has publically raised doubts about the Hoylake Golf Resort. A welcome comment, but we wish his Hoylake colleagues would share his views.

We still have the situation of a Council crying “poverty” reducing social services but yet able to fund the continuing Hoylake Golf Resort “scheme”!

We learn that “our” Community Fire Service are still spending our money with their plans to “merge” West Kirby and Upton fire stations into a new station at Saughall Massie, a mile down the road from Upton. This is despite the Council advising them that they need to show far better reasons for building on Green Belt land. As the service seems able to operate from Upton to cover Hoylake and West Kirby, it seems a gross waste of money to spend some £4m on a new station “just down the road”.

Chance To Question Council Over Hoylake Golf Resort

Potential Hoylake Golf Resort LocationIf you live in Wirral West constituency, there is a public constituency meeting to be held on Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 7.00 pm at Hilbre High School, Frankby Road, West Kirby, CH48 6EQ.

There are a number of items on the agenda, including an update on West Kirby flood alleviation proposals (item No.4) and also a 20 minute presentation (item No.7) given by David Ball, on feedback regarding the recent public consultation about the proposed ‘Golf Resort’ earmarked for Greenbelt land just outside Hoylake.

50 minutes will be allocated for ‘Community Question Time’ when members of the public in attendance can raise questions on the issues raised during the meeting.

The Wirral Society will have representation attending this meeting for the purposes of gathering information about ‘Golf Resort’.

Neston Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neston Neighbourhood Development Plan CoverAs covered in another post on this site, some Wirral townships have been busy developing their own Neighbourhood Development Plans.

In comparison to Wirral Council, Neston Town Council is moving forward developing its own Neighbourhood Plan for the old Neston Town Council area.

You can read a PDF copy of their draft development plan from the link provided.