Liverpool City Council
National & European
Sefton Park Meadows - proposals to
be announced after the May local elections
Liverpool's Director of Regeneration has 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'. This confirms the Meadows has not yet been sold. There
will be opportunities to object to the plans once a date is set to discuss
the application at the planning committee.
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'.
This policy framework is a requirement of the Localism Act - the Act was
born out of the European
How to register your response for the Local
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:
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
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 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:
You will need to attach a location map to your submission and you can
download one here:
Post or email your response to arrive by 5pm on Monday 31 March
Liverpool's Local Plan
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,
organisations and businesses to help shape the Plan’s content'.
Statement of Community Involvement (pdf down here)
'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
Read Anna Minton's pdf What kind of
world are we building? The Privatisation Of Public Space.
Add news and information to this site
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 email@example.com
all photographs © John
Davies 2007 - 2014
site last updated 12 May 2014
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.
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
Stanley Park privatised &
sports centre demolished