A plan to build on the Green Belt around Thornton Hough, enlarging the village by almost a third, has sparked opposition from residents and local councillors.
The plan, submitted to Wirral Council, would see a ‘care village’ built on Green Belt, including 100 apartments and a 48-bed care home.
The Council’s own guide to Thornton Hough states: “Set in lush pastures and fine woodland, Thornton Hough is a lovely example of village life. This historical part of Wirral is full of history and charm.”
Councillor Adam Sykes said: “This application, which would see those ‘lush pastures’ ripped up, is completely out of character for the village. For a single application to increase the size of the village by more around one third is unprecedented. The application, by English Care Villages and Leverhulme Estates, is totally inappropriate and should be thrown out.”
Thornton Hough Community Trust, representing local residents said: "We are determined to fight this proposal which would change our beautiful village forever. A development on such an unprecedented scale would affect the character and charm of the village and conservation area in a hugely detrimental way, local residents are overwhelmingly against this proposal."