Stop the Secretary of State releasing Wirral’s Green Belt

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Dear Secretary of State,

Residents across Wirral are outraged by the threat to our precious Green Belt to simply satisfy your Government’s national house building targets. The target of 800 new houses per year for Wirral means we have to identify available land for 12,000 new houses over the next 15 years.

We know there is pressure to provide suitable homes for Wirral residents. But the demand is for homes to be built or adapted for our ageing population, for starter homes and affordable homes for young couples and families, and homes for people to downsize into but remain in the communities where they have planted their roots.

But these Tory Government targets cannot be met with available brownfield sites alone - a fact your Department is well are of - and so as a last resort we are now having to look at the Green Belt to meet this target.

Some of the sites identified are important historical landmarks, fields and woods which have been part of the Wirral community for decades, or serve to separate towns and villages which have their own identity and personality.

Mr Brokenshire, you sat looking at Google Maps isn't going to have the local knowledge required, it should be Wirral residents who decide what our housing needs are, not yourself or Ministers in Whitehall.

Stop this Green Belt grab.


Cllr Phill Brightmore