Lower population figures lead to calls for longer consultation on Green Belt plan

Conservative Councillors are calling for the current consultation on plans for building on the Green Belt to be extended by three weeks, following lower than expected population figures for Wirral from the independent Office for National Statistics.

The Town Hall’s current consultation on sites for future housebuilding was based on figures which have since been reduced and is due to close on 26 October.

Councillor Cherry Povall (Clatterbridge Ward) said: “The new figures show that there should be no need to build on Wirral’s Green Belt and that housing needs can be met from redeveloping the run-down and neglected parts of our Borough.  

“The current consultation, based on the previous figures, is, at best misleading and causing real concerns among many communities. 

“We are asking for the new figures to be included in the consultation and for residents to be given extra time to take part and give their views. 

“The Town Hall has delayed its Local Plan for 14 years – giving residents another few weeks to digest the new figures is the least they should do.”

The call to give residents extra time was backed by all three parties at the last meeting of the Wirral South Constituency Committee and Conservative Councillors will be asking all councillors to back the call, when they meet on 15. October.

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