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Redrow have now registered their planning application to erect 34 dwellings
on Sefton Park Meadows. Deadline
for objections is Thursday 19 February. more
A planning application to build over Woolton
Woods is also registered with Liverpool Council. Deadline
for objections is 12 February. more below
2015 is an important year for the future of all greenspace in Liverpool.
Future planning policy up until 2028 will be drafted for Liverpool's
Local Plan - with 100's of acres of greenspace under threat
for building developments. more below
Redrow planning application for
Sefton Park Meadows - deadline for objections 19 February
If this January planning application is approved then 27 trees will be
removed for Redrow's development:
18 trees on Park Avenue, 7 Horse chestnut tees on Aigburth Vale &
2 on Queens Drive.
On 29 January Redrow Homes informed Liverpool City Council
that they will be making amendments to the planning application 15F/0110
to build houses over Sefton Park Meadows - this new amendment is not yet
available. It is probably English Heritage's recommendations to the Council
that have made Redrow change it's plans rather than the mayor saying he
wants to protect trees.
What concerns the mayor of Liverpool is not the loss of trees on Sefton
Park Meadows - it's saving face and the loss of votes in the May elections. The
mayor is also misleading when he says he could sell the land to build
more houses - it is the high housing density and the inappropriate design
features that English Heritage do not want on Sefton Park. Earlier this
year the mayor was found to be making exaggerated claims of creating new
green space for the city.
The Council have been discussing plans with Redrow for the last 9 months.
In that time Redrow have not been able to satisfied the recommendations
of English Heritage. Redrow's latest application plan appears to fall
short of heritage design requirements.
Objections to Redrow's development can be made from this link for the
Planning Application to erect the current number of 34 dwelling houses
with associated roads, parking and garages: Council's
Details Page for Planning Application 15F/0110 - here
Redrow's planning notice was advertised in the Liverpool Echo on 22 January
- objections to the plans have to be submitted before Thursday 19 February.
Redrow's planning application documents are can be viewed as pdf's to
See more details and objection advice here: saveseftonparkmeadows.org
also see Save
Sefton Park Meadows facebook page
Deadline for objections to extend St Julie's school into
Woolton Woods Park is 12 February. Objections to these plans can be made
Council's planning page.
A planning application to build over Woolton Woods was registered to Liverpool
Council on the 23 December 2014. A lead planning officer for the Council
has stated that the disposal of the Woolton Woods greenspace does not
have to be secured before planning permission is granted. So far, a disposal
notice for this public space has not been advertised.
Details of these plans are now available here: Planning
Application - 15L/0072 to download pdf map plans, heritage
report detailing planning policy etc.
the developer: St. Julie's new build slide show
It is the Council’s intention to take 5% of the Woolton Woods field
for the expansion of St Julies School. The remaining 95% of the field
will go forward to be considered as part of the Liverpool
Local Plan for potential residential development.
The Mayor intends to challenge the legality of a covenant protecting the
park land from commercial development.
If the new school is built over the parkland this will free up land on
the school site to be sold for housing developments.
Sunday 8 February - Woolton Woods Ceremony to unveil
plaque in memory of Colonel Sir James Reynolds
Colonel Sir James Reynolds gifted the Woolton Woods greenspace
to the people of Woolton. The ceremony will take place by Woolton Youth
& Community Centre at 12:30pm. More
details on https://www.facebook.com/SaveWooltonWoods
Planning application site for Woolton Woods greenspace.
Will it be a foot in the door to develop more?
Excess Greenspace for housing?
Over the last year many announcements of newly created
green space in Liverpool have now been found to be misleading. This
invention of green space appears to be a cynical sweetener to make up
for future losses of mature parkland and green space.
The Local Plan will be drafted soon and this new planning policy will
have a major impact on all aspects of development throughout Liverpool
for the next 15 years. If over-ambitious housing targets are included
in these plans, recently doubled to over 40,000 for no apparent reason, then
a large supply of land will be required. Developers will first choose
highly profitable green virgin land with little incentive to build on
If Liverpool's Local Plan does not include adequate protection for local
green space then developers will have legal ammunition to pick and choose
almost any site they want. Mature historic and diverse parkland will become
building sites and we'll be left with temporary brownfield for our
"improved green space".
see note below on More Greenspace for
Liverpool green space campaigners protest outside Town Hall 14
Revelations at the Neighbourhoods
Will Cllr Steve Munby fly over the Mersey dressed
as a pig for Walton Hall Park?
At the meeting on 6 January, Cabinet member Councillor
Steve Munby said ‘If Everton Football Club move onto Walton Hall
Park he would wear pink tights and wings and fly over the River Mersey’.
He told the Friends of Walton Hall Park group, who attended the meeting,
that no plans had been submitted by EFC and he didn't’t think the
club had the resources for a new stadium. However, questions about this
park would be referred to the Regeneration Select Committee.
Two committees – two definitions of ‘Green
Two different definitions and a difference of opinion
between two Liverpool Council select committees - the Regeneration Committee
use ‘Greenspace’ as a planning term whereas the definition
used by the Neighbourhoods committee is more fluid. The mayor’s
reference to 47 acres of new space is misleading and should be referred
to as ‘Improved Greenspace’ and this land is made up of a
100 temporary community gardens from derelict sites – 17 of these
sites have been identified for future potential development.
Cllr Munby stated the allotments on the Dingle Recreation Ground were
to improve greenspace and were not creating new greenspace as the Regeneration
Committee had stated.
New Improved Spin
On top of the 47 acres, now renamed as improved-greenspace,
the mayor recently stated a further 40 acres of greenspace had been created
along the River Alt. Cllr Munby confirmed that the only new permanent
greenspace is 21 acres from the new River Alt Park and the remaining greenspace
is a nearby development site for sale.
After all the spin over the last 12 months, of the mayor's misleading
claims of creating new greenspace throughout Liverpool, the reality is
that 21 acres of greenspace will be created on one site alongside the
River Alt when the new park opens in March. The new park is a welcomed
addition but how much greenspace will be lost during the mayor’s
term of office is yet to be determined.
Greenspace, Liverpool Local Plan & Park Trusts
Cllr Munby went onto say ‘Whoever drew up the (Liverpool)
Local Plan wasn't’t very bright’. Explaining that many of
the sites listed in the Plan should not have been included and that the
Independent Review on Greenspace would look into these sites.
At the meeting Cllr Munby also explained that central government had not
made parks a statuary responsibility for the Council. He expected the
£10m Council budget for parks to be cut in half and that a third
of the existing budget for parks goes on buildings. He would be interested
to see these buildings taken over by social enterprise schemes and would
explore the possibility of independent trusts for all parks.
In defence of the Council's move to sell-off hundreds of
acres of greenspace as part of the Liverpool
Local Plan the mayor has claimed that since
he came to office he has created more greenspace in the city than
at any time in Liverpool's history - up to 47 acres of new greenspace.
However, all is not what it seems - examples of new allotments replacing
a 25 year old greenspace recreation ground is counted twice as creating
new green space. Losses of 12 acres of greenspace in Fazakerley are not
included in the mayor's figures.
The only real new greenspace, estimated to be 21 acres, is a linear stretch
of land on the side of the River Alt - a new river park to be officially
open in March. The course of the river was altered to also create a further
26 acres of greenspace as a development site for sale. If
the development site, built over former school playing fields, is sold
then there will be a net loss of greenspace since the mayor came to office.
5.6 acre recreation ground in the Dingle on 13 Dec 2014 before Council
plans to turn the land into allotments.
On going threats to greenspace
Walton Hall Park and Everton's new football
The mayor supports Everton Football Club’s desire
to build a new stadium on Walton Hall Park. An independent
feasibility report on Walton Hall Park has been published
but not yet scrutinised. Relating to this report, the mayor has released
a statement, Walton
Hall Park update, commenting on the report and denying rumors
he has seen any plans from the football club.
The Council are now waiting to see Everton Football Club’s development
plans for Walton Hall Park. The Council have not advertised the disposal
of this popular park land.
More Greenspace for house
Both property developers and the mayor are recommending
substantial increases for house building on Local Greenspace land. Little
evidence has been available to justify the need to increase the amount
of dwellings in Liverpool to over 40,000 (net gain) in the period up to
2018. The Council's population projection up to 2018 is an increase of
An over estimation of housing need, especially unverified estimates for
executive homes, only makes it easier for private developers to choose
the best greenspace for building land. Given a choice, and in Liverpool
that choice is expected to be included in the Local Plan, developers will
choose to build over greenspace as brownfield sites are far less profitable.
The Council's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) are
estimates for house building land - these will help to form Liverpool's
Local Plan. Liverpool's
SLLAA 2012 Update report published in August 2013 can be downloaded here
Review of Greenspace in Liverpool
Simon O'Brien was appointed as independent chair to set
up a Green Space Review. He was appointed by the mayor to head a group
to look into the city's greenspace allocation and the mayor is looking
for potential building land. The Review’s report is said to feed
back into the Local Plan just after next May’s elections.
The terms of reference for the mayor's Review of Green Space has not been
On-going planning applications to build over public green space
will be unaffected by the Green Space Review.
Liverpool's Local Plan
consultation Survey - all representations and greenspace sites for development
land available to download here
Comments deadline 31 January 2015
As part of the consultation process 330 representations were made identifying
building land to be considered for Liverpool's Local Plan. Proposals to
build over park land include: Allerton Towers Park, Belle Vale Park, Calderstones
Park, Croxteth Park, Everton Park, Newsham Park, Sefton Park Meadows,
Stanley Park, Walton Hall Park and Woolton Woods Park.
The list below is a selection identifying both greenfield and public space
in various Liverpool Wards. Most all of these sites were added by Liverpool
City Council's Physical Assets - suggesting the Council are keen to develop
these particular sites.
(ha = proposed developable area in hectares, 1 ha = 100 x 100 metres =
approx 2.47 acres):
Allerton And Hunts Cross:
FL Calder - added by LCC for Housing up to 3.66 ha
Land adjacent to Allerton Priory, and bound by Woolton Road and Allerton
Road - for Housing up to 13.55 ha
Land north of Maryton Grange (Stonehouse P.F.) - added by LCC for Residential
of 2.2 ha
Allerton Towers Park - added by LCC for Residential of 1.38 ha
School Lane Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential of 0.49 ha
Stanley Park (LFC) - for Coach Park for up to 3.41 ha
Townsend Lane/Lower Breck Road - added by LCC for Commercial of 0.14 ha
Liverpool Sports Park on Valley Road, Childwall - for Housing up to 3.75
Lyndene Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential of 3.16 ha
Caldway Drive Open Space - added by LCC for Commercial of entire site
of 0.81 ha
Belle Vale Park - added by LCC for Commercial & Residential of 0.26
Larchwood Neighbourhood Park - added by LCC for Commercial entire site
of 1.43 ha
Napps Way, Land - added by LCC for Residential of entire site of 0.33
Victoria Falls Road, land (Former Cross Farm School) - added by LCC for
Residential entire site of 2.46 ha
Score Lane Gardens - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 4.14
Menlove Gardens - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 1.37 ha
Harthill Allotments - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 1.54
Harthill Depot, Calderstones Park - added by LCC for Residential of 3.1
Harthill Model Railway, Calderstones Park - added by LCC for Residential
of 0.23 ha
Maiden Lane Playing Fields - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 2.13 ha
Cherry Lane Recreation Ground, Walton - added by LCC for Residential entire
site of 1.44 ha
Clubmoor Recreation Ground North, Walton - added by LCC for Residential
entire site of 1.27 ha
Abingdon Road Playing Fields - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 3.71 ha
Walton Hall Park - for Everton Football Club stadium, size not specified
in park of 55.42 ha
Walton Hall Park including Bowls pavilion - added by LCC for Residential
of 7.75 ha
Croxteth Park, Land south of Inglewood - for Housing, size not specified
in park of 22.62 ha
Unicorn Park near Alt Park - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 0.39 ha
Land north of Parkview Road - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 0.96 ha
Grassed area corner Willow Way & Parkview Road - added by LCC for
Residential entire site of 0.19 ha
Parkview Road, land adj Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential
entire site of 0.33 ha
Donaldson Street Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential entire
site of 0.48 ha
Whitley Gardens - added by LCC for Residential of 0.48 ha
Radcliffe Public Open Space - added by LCC for Residential of 0.5 ha
Everton Park by Netherfield Road & North-Heyworth Street - added by
LCC for Residential of 0.75 ha
Notre Dame Playing Field - added by LCC for Residential entire site of
Everton Park by Rose Vale, Langrove Street, Roscommon Street - added by
LCC for Commercial of 0.32 ha
Everton Park aka China Street Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential
of 1.3 ha
Seeds Lane Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 3.59 ha.
Sefton Park Meadows (Park Avenue) - added by LCC in process for Residential
entire site of 2.86 ha
Blenheim Street Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential entire
site of 0.37 ha
Lexham Road Playground - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 0.79
Jericho Lane Playing Field No 1 - added by LCC for Residential entire
site of 3.65 ha
The Green - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 1.26 ha
Upper Hill Street playground - added by LCC for Residential of 0.17 ha
Maintree Crescent Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential entire
site of 0.48 ha
Land at Oglet - for Airport development of entire site of 118.43 ha
Stapleton Avenue Open Space - for Residential entire site of 2.95 ha
Stapleton Avenue Park (FOP/StA) - for Residential entire site of 2.98
Ancient Mill Wood by Alderfield Drive - added by LCC for Residential of
Tramway Playing Fields - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 2.31
Riverside Drive, land including raised car park - added by LCC for Commercial
entire site of 0.41 ha
Riverside Drive, land opposite Festival Gardens? - added by LCC for Residential
of 0.12 ha
Tuebrook and Stoneycroft:
Newsham Park - added by LCC for Residential of 4.0 ha
New Road Playground - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 0.16
Lister Drive Allotments - added by LCC for Residential of 1.0 ha
Rice Lane Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential of 2.0 ha
Olive Mount Playing Field - added by LCC for Residential entire site of
Sandown Park Playing Field - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 3.02 ha
Private grounds at Woolton Manor, next to Woolton Woods - for Residential
of 4.92 ha
Gateacre Comp Old School Playing Field Site - added by LCC for Residential
of 7.62 ha
Alderman John Village Gardens - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 3.17 ha
Gateacre Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential of 0.9 ha
Woolton Woods Park by High Street - added by LCC for School, under consultation
process of up to 3.39 ha
Mab Lane Playing Field - added by LCC for Residential entire site of 10.78
Cantril Farm Park (North) - added by LCC for Residential entire site of
Ackers Hall Recreation Ground - added by LCC for Residential entire site
of 1.01 ha
for full detailed list download Item
4 Appendices pdf
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.
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Since 2006 Our Ground has reported details of the continued
loss of public open greenspace throughout Liverpool - with land disposed
and sold-off for private building developments.
What is now happening on Merseyside reflects the changes taking place
The gradual disappearance of our urban greenspace through privatisation
schemes is effecting cultural change with the erosion of our right to
freely use and enjoy open greenspace as a public amenity and a loss to
the quality of our urban environment.
Local authorities encouraged by successive UK governments have continued
to sell-off our streets, parks, playing fields, recreation grounds and
public rights of way in towns and cities throughout Britain.
news from 2014:
Stanley Park privatised &
sports centre demolished