Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood is urging residents to oppose proposed building on the green belt in Greasby and to have their say on a pre-application consultation that has been launched by Leverhulme Estates.
The pre-application consultation covers Leverhulme Estates’ plans to build on land to the east of Rigby Drive.
Leverhulme Estates’ plans propose the development of up to 240 homes across more than 25 acres of green belt land in Greasby.
This comes just months after Leverhulme Estates submitted applications to build up to 788 new homes on the green belt across Wirral, a move that has led to widespread opposition amongst local residents.
Margaret Greenwood is herself opposed to the development of green belt land and has raised the issue in parliament.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that in a bid to kickstart housebuilding, green planning laws will be “ripped up by Liz Truss” in a move “that could see tens of thousands of new homes built on protected land.” The Daily Telegraph says that “tax incentives and relaxed environmental protection are part of new plans to be announced in [the forthcoming] mini budget.”
Commenting on Leverhulme Estates’ plans, Margaret Greenwood said, “It is very clear that people in Wirral West do not want to see building on the green belt.
“While there is a need for more homes in Wirral, it is important that they are built on brownfield sites.
“The green belt is designed to prevent urban sprawl and is immensely important to the quality of life and wellbeing of people who live and work nearby.
“It also plays an important part in supporting nature and wildlife habitats and mitigating the effects of climate change.
“The green belt is vital for local food production too as much of the green belt land is used by farms to produce our food.
“In July I spoke in a public meeting in Greasby Community Centre organised by local people opposed to building on the green belt. The hall was packed and it was absolutely clear that people are determined to protect the green belt. They have my full support.
“I believe that it is vital that we protect the green belt, not just for the health and wellbeing of people today, but for future generations.
“I would urge everyone who cares about the environment to make sure they submit their objections to these proposals.”