As part of the urgent work to produce a Local Plan for Wirral, councillors were asked last year to nominate areas of amenity land, of proven importance to local communities for assessment as a 'Local Green Space'. This is a special designation which gives similar protection to Green Belt land.
16 of the 55 sites nominated for assessment are in the Wallasey constituency: one in New Brighton Ward (Tower Grounds); one in Liscard Ward (The Breck and Bluebell Woods) and 11 in Wallasey Ward and three in Leasowe & Moreton East Ward (see full list in document below).
An independent assessment has been completed on the 55 applications as set out in the attached study ‘Local Green Space Designations: Review of Sites’. The study provides information on whether submitted sites meet a range of criteria for designation as Local Green Space.
Councillor Lesley Rennie said: "Green spaces in urban areas have proved invaluable during the pandemic - that's why Paul, Ian and me have nominated so many in Wallasey Ward for assessment. Thank you to the council officers who accepted the majority of our suggestions.
"By giving these areas, including Harrison Park, Belvidere Playing Fields and former Mosslands Playing Fields, this extra protection, we will send a clear message to developers to focus their efforts instead on areas that are rundown and have been left behind by successive politicians."
The study will now be subject to 6 weeks consultation from Friday 11th June, the outcome of which will be used to inform a final decision as to whether they should be designated as Local Green Space in the Local Plan.
This consultation is expected to be the last consultation on a Local Plan evidence study before publication of the Regulation 19 Local Plan.
The easiest way to submit comments is through the Council’s online consultation portal. Members of the public will need to register for an account in order to make comments on any of the documents. Comments can also be submitted to the Forward Planning team’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for comments to be received will be 5pm on Friday 23 July 2021.
All comments received will be made publicly available and will be published on the Council's online consultation portal. Personal details will be protected although it may be necessary to disclose these to a Planning Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, at a later date. For more information on how we use information collected, please see the Forward Planning Privacy Notice.