Proposed Fire Station on Green Belt Land in Saughall Massie – An Email to the Planning Officer

Dear Jo

As this application gets ever closer to you writing a report and making a recommendation we just wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the words of your colleague, Sheila Day in her pre-planning advice of the 13th November, 2015.

” I am concerned, that in the light of your fall-back scenario of being able to redevelop the fire station at Upton within the urban area and with no impact on the Green Belt, very special circumstances will not exist. In which case, planning permission is not likely to be granted.”

We believe her words encapsulate the situation exactly, and while the fire service has not shown their existing Upton site as one of the sites considered in their planning application, it is nevertheless an option, it is their Fall Back position, as they themselves have clearly stated, and one for which the Government grant can be utilised.

Given this scenario there can be absolutely no reason that any very special circumstances exist.    We would therefore ask that you give very real consideration to this when determining this matter, and respectfully request that your recommendation is one of ‘Refusal’

Yours sincerely

Cllr Chris Blakeley, Cllr Bruce Berry, Cllr Steve Williams

Moreton West and Saughall Massie Ward

Wirral Borough Council