Redrow public 'consultation' to build over the Meadows
Redrow Homes will be promoting their ideas to build executive
housing over Sefton Park Meadows. This exhibition is in advance of their
planning application proposals to buy the Meadows from the City Council.
All welcome to view their presentation on:
Tuesday 16 September from 2pm to 7pm.
Greenbank Sports Academy
Liverpool L17 1AG
Council public 'consultation' to build over Woolton Woods
Teddy Bears Picnic for Woolton Woods - 31 August 2014
Liverpool City Council has arranged a further public consultation
meeting to be held from 6pm on 10 September at St Julie’s School
in Woolton. Apparently the feasibility study outcomes may be presented
at this meeting. https://www.facebook.com/SaveWooltonWoods
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The £2 proft on each sale of this book is donated to the Save
Sefton Park Meadows Campaign fund.
Statement from Save Sefton Park Meadows
On 26 August, local campaigners vow to save the Meadows
after Liverpool City Council announces its choice of Redrow Homes North
West as the preferred developer to attempt to secure the essential planning
consents before the Meadows are sold and 'exemplar' executive housing
is built on the beautiful green space of Sefton Park Meadows.
Mayor Anderson claims that the Meadows is not part of Sefton Park
and therefore he can sell it. But in the 1890's after other plots
around Sefton Park were sold for villas, our City Fathers refused to sell
the Meadows. Instead they created a spectacular tree-lined sweeping
entrance between Sefton Park and Queens Drive - which still remains intact
in all it's splendour today. For over 140 years the Meadows has always
been enjoyed as part of Sefton Park and is now within a designated conservation
Mayor Anderson ignores the plentiful supply of brownfield sites
in Liverpool ideal for housing and prefers to destroy our precious green
spaces. The Mayor says we need more executive homes but
this attack on the Meadows seems to be an excuse to justify selling off
green space used by thousands for the benefit of a few ‘executive
Mayor Anderson rejected out of hand the objections of thousands
of local residents to the loss of the Meadows. In 2013 the Meadows
were included on the City Council’s list of ‘incidental open
space’ for possible disposal in order to plug the gap in City finances
caused by unfair Tory and Lib Dem budget cuts to Liverpool.
The Save the Meadows Campaign will fight every stage of the planning
process and beyond to stop any building development on Sefton
Park Meadows. The first priority is to oppose the planning application
to be submitted to the City Council by Redrow.
The Chair of SSPM, Ken Aspinall said today: ‘This is an unnecessary
and outrageous development and we call on everyone who loves Sefton Park
to let Mayor Anderson know what they think and join us in making sure
the Meadows remain open to everyone for now and for future generations.’
• Open green space and school playing fields in Liverpool have disappeared
at an alarming rate in recent years and Mayor Anderson wants to accelerate
this trend by building over more of the city's green space. In south Liverpool:
Redrow are now building over a 100 of their 'Heritage' houses on
the former school playing field now called New Heys in Allerton; the Mayor
is also currently formulating plans to build on the green grass of Woolton
• In the early 1990's when the Meadows were first under threat from
building plans, the City Council's then head of planning reported on the
Meadowlands: "In ideal circumstances the site should remain as open
space, as part of Sefton Park". He also reported that this view was
echoed by English Heritage when consulted at the time.
• Although the Meadows is not listed by English Heritage as Grade
1, Édouard André, who designed Sefton Park at the end
of the 1860's would have overseen the planting of rows of trees on the
Meadowlands to fit into the design and setting of the rest of Sefton
Park. The Meadows site includes a unique double row of Lime Trees along
both sides of Queens Drive: Liverpool's only double avenue of mature trees
and a feature worthy of a listing in itself. There is also a spectacular
row of Plane Trees planted over 140 years ago on the Mossley Hill Drive
side of the Meadows.
• It is understood by SSPM that these trees, despite their age,
are in robust good health and pose no danger to the public. It is hoped
that the threat of development does not lead to sudden disease or deterioration
requiring their removal.
Save Sefton Park Meadows Campaign fund raising launch
Woolton Woods under threat from school
Liverpool City Council is going through the motions of
a consultation process to develop the public green space between the existing
St Julie's School and the High Street in Woolton Village. The choice of
all 3 schemes on offer involve replacing the school site with a housing
development and shifting the school onto the adjoining green space.
Sefton Park Meadows - proposals for
plans still on hold at beginning of August
At the beginning of May Liverpool's Director of Regeneration
said that the preferred developer for the Meadows will be announced in
June 2014. 'Therefore any planning application is unlikely to be submitted
by the developer before September'. The Meadows has not yet been sold.
There will be opportunities to object as soon as a planning application
has been announced.
After record numbers of written objections the Mayor went ahead with marketing
Sefton Park Meadows for sale. At the beginning of March 2014 Liverpool
City Council were discussing development schemes and financial deals with
eight developers for the potential sale of this 2.62 hectare public open
green space. The sale is dependent on planning permission and so far no
plans have been made public.
To protect these historic common grounds the Save Sefton Park Meadows
Campaign will be asking for any plans to be 'called-in' for public enquiry.
The Campaign have set up a government e-petiton for any planning approval
to be called in for an independent review and are encouraging people to
sign up now:
Liverpool's Local Plan - ineffective publicity for consultation
The deadline for Liverpool's Local Plan public consultation was 31 March
2014. This important consultation process was poorly advertised. Very
few local people knew they could help shape Local Plans that will become
part of the government's 12 year national planning framework.
The government's National Planning Policy Framework places importance
on community engagement in the development of Local Plans. Individuals
and neighbourhoods could have voiced their views to help shape local authority
planning rules by registering any land or place that people can identifying
as a local amenity or important for a Local Plan. Once agreed, Local Plans
will radically change the way local authorities can give planning permission.
Liverpool made the Local Plan consultation documents available at the
end of last year. At this time many other planning authorities had already
completed their public consultation.
The Government aim is for every area to have a clear local plan which
sets out local people's views of how they wish their community to develop,
consistent with the framework and against which planning applications
for planning permission will be judged.
The National Planning Policy Framework is a key part of the government’s
reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible.
'This should be a collective enterprise. Yet, in recent years,
planning has tended to
exclude, rather than to include, people and communities. In part, this
has been a
result of targets being imposed, and decisions taken, by bodies remote
Dismantling the unaccountable regional apparatus and introducing neighbourhood
planning addresses this'.
The Minister for Communities and Local Government goes on to say:
‘The purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable
means ensuring that better lives for ourselves don’t mean worse
lives for future
generations. Development means growth. Sustainable development is about
for the better, and not only in our built environment.
Our natural environment is essential to our well being
and it can be better looked after than it has been'.
Your local authority web site should have a Local Plan
page readily accessible - search for 'Local Plan' and the name of your
town or city. Many authorities have already completed this public consultation
process. If your planning authority has not finalised consultation then
you can still contribute to your Local Plan. You may need to register
to be able download these consultation documents. Identify a site, such
as your local green space or your street or any local community amenity,
for potential development or protection.
Alternatively collect forms from your local council offices or for the
Liverpool Plan you can use these links:
Form B has a number of questions on housing, employment and other types
C (document download example here) is for allocating sites
for development or identify land to be protected from development. An
additional detail of the site on a map, marked in red, is also required
for this Form C.
Local Plan forms to download - from the Meadows Campaign
The Save Sefton Park Meadows Campaign recommends local
people to ask the council to protect the Meadowlands from development
in the consultation for the Local Plan. A document and map can be downloaded
to be filled and sent to Liverpool City Council.
The link below for this particular document is the Local Plan 'Call
for Sites Form C' to identify a site to be protected or developed.
'It is the Council’s intention to prepare a Local Plan and
to encourage representations
on what it should contain. This provides an opportunity for neighbourhoods,
organisations and businesses to help shape the Plan’s content'.
'It is important that people have the opportunity to be involved
and influence decision
'Early and meaningful engagement and collaboration with neighbourhoods,
organisations and businesses is essential. A wide section of the community
proactively engaged, so that Local Plans, as far as possible, reflect
a collective vision
and a set of agreed priorities for the sustainable development of the
those contained in any neighbourhood plans that have been made'.
Disposals of public open space
In Britain local planning authorities (local Councils)
can sell-off the public land we collectively own and are only required
to publicise these disposals by placing a small advertisement in a local
newspaper once a week for two weeks. There is currently no centralised
resource of freely available information regarding the disposal, sale
and privatisation of public open space.
No public notices are required to be placed in or by the actual public
land to be privatised.
If regular users of these spaces were informed of proposed disposals they
would be able to act on the potential loss of their right to use public
land. By the time the public is aware that public open space is to be
commercially developed it is often too late to object if lawful planning
permission has already been consented. People have the right to object
to their local planning authority if they disagree to a planning proposal
at a planning committee.
Most all privatisation schemes attract little interest in the press and
media as public open space and park land gradually disappear over extended
periods of time or usage changes in subtle ways. In rare circumstances
a planning application is 'called in' for a Public Enquiry but these are
often balanced in favour of the commercial developer who have the financial
resources to employ professional legal expertise.
During 2010 different central government departments had conflicting views
over the value of public open green space. Some encourage local councils
to sell off public land where others see the same public open space as
an essential part of the urban infrastructure for a wide range of environmental,
social and economic objectives and activities.
The catalyst for the Our Ground project was the privatisation
of the public open space of Chavasse Park and 34 adjoining streets for
the 'Liverpool One' extensive retail and mixed use development. The developer,
Grosvenor Estates, effectively owning a private estate of 42.5 acres of
central Liverpool with a 250 year lease.
As part of this project in 2009 Our Ground worked
with the writer Anna Minton providing
photographs for the Penguin book Ground Control.
This book is about regeneration, security and the privatisation of public
Since 2006 Our Ground has reported on the continued
loss of public open space - with land disposed and sold-off for private
What is now happening in Liverpool reflects the changes taking place throughout
The gradual disappearance of our urban and green space through privatisation
schemes is effecting cultural change with the erosion of our right to
freely use public open space and public amenities.
Local authorities encouraged by successive UK governments have continued
to sell-off our streets, parks, playing fields, open space and public
rights of way in towns and cities throughout Britain.