Further to my post earlier today I have heard this evening that the surveyors have said they are surveying the farm buildings with a view to building 16 houses/ flats through converting the existing buildings or building on the yard spaces.
Sounds as though there will be a pre app or full app at some point soon. Apparently they are staying off the fields. Could this be a manoeuvre to sidestep Greenbelt policy?
I have asked the Council for an update on the designation of the land the farm buildings are on. More news will be posted as it becomes available.
29th October – Information from Wirral Council regarding Planning Policies:
The site is located within the Green Belt and Saughall Massie
Conservation Area. Therefore, the following UDP policies will apply
CH1 Development Affecting Listed Buildings and Structures
CH2 Development Affecting a Conservation Area
CH17 Saughall Massie Conservation Area
GB2 Guidelines for development in the Green Belt (very special
circumstances would need to be demonstrated as the housing development
would be classed as “inappropriate” in policy terms)
The emerging Core Strategy (CS2, CS3 and CS11) in summary advises that
the focus in rural areas will be on strengthening and diversifying the
agricultural economy and maintains the definition of inappropriate
development as stated in National Planning Policy unless there are “very
The above is a summary of the position (reference to the policies will
give you much more detail)
Head of Regeneration and Planning
Regeneration and Environment