The Lever Causeway Cause

We are increasingly reassured that there are committed and well informed people out there on Wirral who are prepared to say ” NO” to those elected representatives who profess to act in their interest and not in the interest of big business (see below).

When we consider that Wirral Council’s Cabinet member for Housing & Planning  (Cllr George Davies) and the Chair of the Planning Committee ( Cllr Steve Foulkes) are, in our opinion, the two most corrupt politicians at Wirral Council it all suddenly falls into place. Just sayin’ …

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You may be aware that there is much controversy over our green belt fiasco and Wirral Council not having put in a Wirral plan to protect our green spaces since 2014 and it won’t be in place until 2021. Our green belt is in jeopardy and land owners are trying to sell it off because it’s not protected . A land owner Peter Bowling who has many fields down Lever Causeway is in negotiation with Taylor Wimpey . Residents have put in a request to save the trees in the vicinity of Lever Causeway by applying for tree preservation orders.
Peter Bowling’s  Storeton Hall development was originally refused planning permission by Wirral council he appealed to Bristol .
As you may have heard the appeal happened here on Wirral in October when the planning officer came up and there was a group opposing the planning application that involved local councillors, residents and of course the Wirral council defence .
Apparently sources at this hearing noticed the Wirral defence against the planning application was very weak . The defence apparently muttered no comments on many occasions to Peter Bowling’s and his team that included a QC ‘s arguments to continue with the development . The development has now been given the green light .
It has now been found out the person employed to act on behalf of the Local Authority in the appeal by Storeton Hall Farm was Matt Verlander who is a director of GVA. The owner of Storeton Hall and the owner and Managing Director director of Storeton Hall Farm Ltd is Peter Bowling BSc BVSc MRCVS. He was one of the Appellants in this case.

The letter of objection against the Tree Preservation Order 390 was written by GVA who are acting on behalf of Taylor Wimpey. There is a sale and purchase agreement between the current owners and Taylor Wimpey. The land on which these copses are situated is currently partly owned by Peter Bowling BSc BVSc MRCVS.

So did the council unwittingly employ GVA or is it just incompetence . What a conflict of interest 😡

The Great Wirral Land Grab

There are letters and pictures circulating on local websites which have also been sent to us regarding developers wanting to make ‘land grabs’ encroaching on the Green Belt and other pieces of land on Wirral. We have also been sent additional information about housing development plans in Glenavon Road, Prenton.

Might we once again suggest that all the recent bogus Green Belt ‘debate’ was more about  the current Wirral Council administration creating a smokescreen about diktats from Whitehall rather than genuine concerns about the Green Belt or rampant greed of builders and developers.

Exhibit A – Prenton

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Beyond this vista is this planning application for  81 Glenavon Road which  involves the demolition of no. 81 Glenavon Road (to the left of this picture) and its replacement with a single dwelling and domestic curtilage, and the erection of 28 x 4 bedroom detached dwellings (!) with garages, driveways, private gardens, bin stores, means of enclosure and a sustainable drainage system (SUDS), all to be accessed from a new single point of access via former Pershore House School Playing Fields.

Developers have been wanting to bit of prime real estate since 1992 . The main impediment to a housing development -access to the site – now seems to be resolved by the proposed demolition of a rather nice house. We can only wonder how much over the market price the property was acquired for  – but whatever it was just think of the return on 28 spanking new detached houses!

Exhibit B -Irby

A reader writes :

Hi We have been passed these disturbing letters which are from a number of House Building Companies to a Landowner in the Irby Area. The Landowner has no wish to the sell the Land and has repeatedly told the House Builders that the Land is not for Sale. The Landowner has never contacted the Council to say that the Land is available for houses. The Council say that, all the Green Belt Land up for consideration for release from Green Belt, is land for which they have received submissions from Landowners and Developers.This Landowner has NEVER sent a submission to the Council. It is becoming clearer that House Building Companies are aggressively promoting land to the Council, even if they don’t own it. You DO NOT NEED TO OWN LAND IN ORDER TO OBTAIN PLANNING PERMISSION for it. This Landowner is continuously being bombarded with letters from Developers. Here is a sample of some of the letters……..(the landowner is happy for them to be shared)


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Exhibit  C – Landican Lane/Station Road

We have also been passed this photo from a lady who says “I came across the sign today just past Landican Lane bridge when I was walking my dogs on the Little Storeton to Thingwall circular route.” The sign appears to suggest that the proposed development is a “done deal” ( a wink and a nod perhaps?) and, therefore, the Council Green Belt Consultations are a sham. We don’t know who the “whistleblower” is and we can’t corroborate what the sign says. Can any of our readers help?


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