Commenting on the letter from Wirral Council Planning Department to MFRS architects, in response to a pre application meeting to discuss building a new Fire Station on Green Belt land in Saughall Massie, Moreton and Saughall Massie Councillor, Chris Blakeley said, “I am delighted that the Council response has said in essence that planning permission to build on the Green Belt at this location is unlikely to be granted. The Council response can be seen by clicking HERE.
“In their written response the Council’s Planners have made it very clear that while possible, planning permission would be very difficult for MFRS to achieve on Green Belt as they have a brown field site already in Upton that they have said they can redevelop with Government money. So by their own admission MFRS, with Upton as an alternative will not be able to demonstrate the very special circumstances that will outweigh the harm that would be caused by a development on green belt land in Saughall Massie. And let’s not forget that for the last 18 months Upton Fire Station has provided West Wirral with adequate cover.
“Development of a fire station on Green Belt here in Saughall Massie is opposed by over 1200 local residents, the Saughall Massie Village Conservation Area Society and the Wirral Society, and now it looks like Wirral Planning Officers have given MFRS exactly the same message which is keep off our Green Belt.
“I believe that the Chief Fire Officer and the Fire Authority must think again and withdraw their unwanted and unnecessary plans to develop in Saughall Massie.”