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Save Sefton Park Meadows Campaign fund raising launch

The campaign to save the Meadows have launched a 'Fight the Planning Application Fund'. Donations can be made by PayPal from the Campaign web site saveseftonparkmeadows.org

A planning proposal and a preferred developer for the Meadows is expected to be announced by the end of August.

Woolton Woods under threat from school development

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.

See the consultation plans and schemes here: http://liverpool.gov.uk/council/consultation/consultation-on-the-proposal-to-develop-st-julies-catholic-high-school/

Comments can be made by email on bsf@liverpool.gov.uk before 15 August.

Also see the Save Woolton Woods Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/559982807443974/


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:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/53216


Facebook page for Save Sefton Park Meadows

Campaign web site saveseftonparkmeadows.org


More details about the Meadowlands disposal from Our Ground 2013 news page

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.

www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/planningsystem/localplans


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 from them.
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 development. Sustainable
means ensuring that better lives for ourselves don’t mean worse lives for future
generations. Development means growth. Sustainable development is about change
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
'.

This policy framework is a requirement of the Localism Act - the Act was born out of the European Landscape Convention.

How to register your response for the Local Plan

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:

Liverpool has 3 different forms A, B & C:

Form A (pdf download here) is a simple form to make a quick comment on what you think the Local Plan should contain.

Form B has a number of questions on housing, employment and other types of development.

Form 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.

Liverpool Local Plan Proposal Consultation Document (pdf down here)

See the working example in next item:

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.

You can do this by downloading Form C, completing and sending in the form from this link:
http://www.easy-read-online.co.uk/media/21666/local%20plan,%20form%20c%20-%20call%20for%20sites.doc

You will need to attach a location map to your submission and you can download one here:
http://www.easy-read-online.co.uk/media/21687/sefton%20park%20meadows%20location%20map.pdf

Post or email your response to arrive by 5pm on Monday 31 March 2014

Liverpool's Local Plan

Local Plan Proposal Consultation Document (pdf down here)

'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, local
organisations and businesses to help shape the Plan’s content
'.

Liverpool's Statement of Community Involvement (pdf down here)

'It is important that people have the opportunity to be involved and influence decision
making
'.

'Early and meaningful engagement and collaboration with neighbourhoods, local
organisations and businesses is essential. A wide section of the community should be
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 area, including
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.

 



click on image to see views of Chavasse Park from 2004 to 2008

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.

Ground Control

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 space.

Read Anna Minton's pdf What kind of world are we building? The Privatisation Of Public Space.

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Our Ground welcomes any information about the loss of public open space. Please send your information about parks, playing fields and other public open spaces to info@ourground.net

all photographs © John Davies 2007 - 2014

 

site last updated 6 August 2014

 
contents

Since 2006 Our Ground has reported on the continued loss of public open space - with land disposed and sold-off for private building developments.

What is now happening in Liverpool reflects the changes taking place throughout Britain.

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.

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2014 news - this page

Local Plans & the National Planning Policy Framework

How to take part in a Local Plan

Meadows & the Local Plan download documents

Liverpool's Local Plan & Statement of Community Involvement

Sefton Park Meadows - update

Disposals of public open space

Ground Control

2013 news

Meadowland Campaigners replace notices after Council removal

Mayor 'bully-dozers' Sefton Park Meadows for marketing

'NIMBY NIMBY NIMBY' Mayors shouts at public gallery

Liverpool starts to prepare a Local Plan for future planning rules

SHLL building sites

2012 news

Forest Estate - final report

Festival Gardens opening 23 June

Survey for private public space

Forest Estate - Privatisation

Festival Garden background

Neighbourhood Parks cuts

New - Port Sunlight River Park

Occupy Liverpool & London


'Big Society' Localism Act

Land Trust call for land


Dixie Dene Playing Fields
now a private development

2011 news

Our Ground at the Bluecoat art gallery

Garden Festival Site update

English Forests and Woodlands privatisation

Priory Wood

2010 news

Festival Gardens AGM and new park

Liverpool's mess in Stanley Park

Otterspool Park land sold


Work starts on Festival Gardens Park

Campaign web site lost

'Dutch Farm' green space sold

The Value of Urban Parks


Sefton Park Lake

2009 news

Otterspool Park Privatisation and open letter of objection to City Council

NWDA fund Festival Gardens Park

Festival Gardens sewage disaster

Liverpool's Year of the Environment 2009


Springfield Park Privatisation

Stanley Park and privatisation plans

Sefton Park cafe deadlock

Tate "5th floor" debate

Festival Gardens & Promenade

Millbank Playing Fields Privatisation

2008 news

Secretary of State gives go-ahead for Festival Gardens scheme

Festival Gardens Public Inquiry ends

Anfield - new design for LFC

U-boat U532 moved to Woodside Ferry Terminal

Biennial Pavilions

Brief history of Stanley Park


Stanley Park privatised &
sports centre demolished

2007 news

Otterspool Promenade Privatisation Disposal

Garden Festival Site Inquiry

Campaign & call for Inquiry

Stanley Park Privatisation & Stadium

Stanley Park Restoration

Millbank Playing Fields Privatisation

Parks Forum

Village Green protection status

Princes Park

Sefton Park

Dixie Dean Memorial Playing Fields Privatisation inquiry

Speke Park Privatisation and Speke Parade

Walton Hall Park