Residents and local councillors are set to oppose a planning application which could see the building of two homes on a former market garden site in Wallasey which resident’s say is the home of a local bat population. Local Councillor Paul Hayes presented a petition against the proposals containing 161 names at a meeting of the full council last Monday night.
Wallasey Councillor Paul Hayes (pictured with residents close to the site) has backed calls for the application to be rejected. “It’s clear that local residents who live close to this proposed development see these plans as a threat to the local bat population who have a number of roosts here.
"They also share my concerns over the size of development and the narrowness of the access road”
“I am pleased that officers have now asked the applicant to conduct a bat survey before any decisions are made,” added Councillor Hayes.
Local resident Malcolm Dunn who has lived in Sandiways Road for 41 years said: ‘Bats have been on this site for a number of years and the proposed development would certainly disturb their habitat.
"The proposal to build two bungalows on a site which has been agricultural land for as long as anyone can remember would constitute overdevelopment and we urge Wirral Council to reject the application.”