Council Leader's response to Green belt warning 'too little, too late'

Wirral Council’s response to being one of the 15 councils in breach of the 2004 Planning Act has been condemned as ‘too little, too late’ by one of the Borough’s Councillors.

In November 2017, the Department for Communities and Local Government wrote to the Leader of the Council, asking him to explain why Wirral had failed to produce a Local Plan.

The Local Plan is a requirement of the Planning Act 2004. It enables Green Belt to be protected while ‘Brown Field’ sites, considered suitable for development, are highlighted to investors and developers.

In their letter, the DCLG asked for an explanation by 31 January, or face intervention to get it sorted.

Councillor Wendy Clements (Greasby, Frankby and Irby Ward) said: “The Leader of the Council has sent his response at the last possible minute. He doesn’t identify any exceptional reasons why Wirral has failed to produce a plan.

“Instead, all Councillor Davies can offer is a promise to get it done by 2020. If that’s his idea of ‘urgent’, he needs to think again. By 2020, how many more of Wirral’s green spaces will have disappeared?

”Almost every other council has managed to produce a Local Plan, why hasn’t Wirral?”

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Letter to Councillor Davies from the Secretary of State 263.97 KB
Letter from Councillor Davies to the Secretary of State 117.36 KB