Wirral's Green Belt is one of the best things about our Borough. It's why so many people have chosen to live here and why so many people visit the peininsula.
Back in 2004, Parliament passed an Act that required all local councils to produce a 'Local Plan' - this would show which parts of each borough would be protected from development and which needed investment, regeneration and new houses.
In the 14 years that have passed, Wirral's Labour Council has failed to produce a Local Plan. This has enabled developers and property speculators to apply for planning permission to build in the places where they could make the most money, not necessarily the places that needed the new investment.
Even today, Wirral's Labour Councillors are working to build luxury houses on Green Belt at Hoylake, while parts of Seacombe, Liscard and New Ferry are crying out for new housing. At the same time, Labour has given away Green Belt at Saughall Massie for development, in spite of a massive protest from local residents and councilors.
Labour has also, as usual, tried to blame others for this threat - blaming the Government, blaming Peel Holdings. Yet almost every other council in the country - Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat or Green - has managed to produce their Local Plan.
In March, the Ministry for Housing wrote to Wirral to tell them to publish the Local Plan. The Government has not said where new homes should be built - that's up to the Council to decide.
- Ministry of Housing consultation on 'Planning for the right homes, in the right place' including formula for calculation housing need. Note: Wirral Council did not respond to this consultation
- Ministry of Housing's 'Housing need consultation' table
- Wirral's Council's own assessment of housing need
- Ministry of Housing Guide to Local Plans