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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Councillor Phil Davies Wirral Borough Council

Say NO to a Golf Resort and Housing Development in West Wirral - SAVE OUR GREEN BELT!

Wirral Council is proposing to override planning policy to allow a private developer to build a golf resort and luxury housing estate on a huge 295 acres of Green Belt Land between Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols. The development includes a 90 bed -  hotel, conference facilities  and spa, 2 golf courses and clubhouses, a links academy, large car park, a new link road, maintenance buildings and, so far, 160 luxury houses and 40 luxury apartments (all Band H). It is clear that this is, in fact, a Green Belt Housing Development with the “smokescreen” of a Golf Resort attached! This would set a VERY DANGEROUS PRECEDENT for development on Green Belt Land. Already a developer has submitted plans for a further housing estate in West Kirby adjacent to the proposed Golf Resort! There are other submissions for Green Belt Land in Greasby and Saughall Massie and across the Wirral. THE PREFERRED DEVELOPER HAS A DUBIOUS TRACK RECORD The “Nicklaus” Joint Venture Group (NJVG) is actually a group of developers from South Wales. Jack Nicklaus is not a director but he will be paid a massive fee for designing the golf course. The NJVG has a dubious track record, including a bankruptcy and failing to deliver a promised Hilton Hotel at their previous “resort” development in Llanelli. However they did build 175 executive homes on the site - they then put their housing construction company into liquidation owing over £1million to local businesses. Their other company, which sold the houses, was not affected by the bankruptcy. To date, the promised hotel in Llanelli ,and all the associated jobs and tourism, have failed to materialise.  Despite the Developers record, the Council plan to lend  £26million of public money to this Developer to fund the development! PLANNING & FINANCE The development contravenes planning policy. Once planning permission is approved for the Golf Resort Houses, then more houses could be built on Wirral's Green Belt.. Wirral Council is undertaking millions of pounds of cuts to essential services and the say they have no money to fund the rebuilding of New Ferry Town Centre following a devastating explosion. The Council have already spent £237,000 on the resort.  In December 2017 they committed to spending a further £600,000 of Council Tax Payers money to undertake surveys and studies ON BEHALF OF A PRIVATE DEVELOPER who then stands to make a massive profit from a luxury housing estate. This spending may not be the last that we are asked to pay for! With satff costs and other hidden /non disclosed costs it is estimated they may have spent between £1million and £2million already. Consultants’ reports have stated that the resort IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE without the enabling housing development. In 16 years of trying to promote this resort, the Council has not been able to find a developer until the luxury housing estate was added to the plan. After the tender exercise, all the developers pulled out apart from NJVG. ENVIRONMENT The site is on bio-diverse farmland which is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including species of national and international importance. Golf courses are highly mechanised and intensively managed with high volumes of water, pesticides and fertilizers. The proposed course is an American-style parklands resort which will be exactly the wrong kind of habitat for the species which currently use the area as an undisturbed refuge. INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAFFIC The housing development and resort would have an impact on local infrastructure and services (such as schools and GP surgeries). The new Hoylake By-pass will significantly increase traffic from the M53 through Saughall Massie and put pressure on the surrounding area. The developer will not be funding this By-pass - the Council are to seek grant funding or will use the profits from selling the land - for a By-pass that is only being built because the land is being sold! The Council propose to spend £16.6 million constructing the new road and upgrading the surrounding roads to enable the new resort and housing estate. FLOODING The site is on the River Birket Floodplain. Over recent years, we have been reminded time and time again of the perils of building on flood plains. Surface water run-off from the large paved areas of the development (car parks, road, large roof areas and the housing estate) will increase flood risk for Meols and Moreton. CONSULTATION Wirral Council has undertaken only a weak public consultation exercise. Of the 1400 responses that the Council received, 1311 were either opposed or had concerns. Wirral Council has not consulted the community about alternative options for the site. JOBS AND TOURISM Wirral Council states that the resort would promote tourism and provide just 170, mostly low paid, low skilled jobs. We already have plenty of golf Courses on the Wirral. The tourism case is not proven and 5 star resorts are designed to keep tourists “in resort”. The hotel and spa would be a competitor to the businesses in West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols and beyond. The golf resort would be a competitor to many of the hotels, leisure facilities and golf courses in the area, some of which are already struggling. A recent Council Visitor Study revealed that over 90% of visitors come to the Wirral for the Coast, Countryside, Parks and gardens. Just 0.2% visit for golf! The Council have probably spent at least £1million so far, combined with the £16.6 million for the roads, that equates to an investment / cost to the public of over £100,000 per job! HOUSING Wirral needs affordable houses, not Band H houses that most can not afford. There is space for 18000 houses on Brownfield sites on the Wirral. There is no need for houses on the Green Belt. ALTERNATIVES Wirral has an outstanding natural heritage, with fantastic country parks and coastline. We should be enhancing what is unique to Wirral and already brings many tourists to the area. The RSPB has membership of over 1 million and is growing. Golf club membership is 700,000 and declining. An alternative use of the site could be an eco-resort with Martin Mere Style wetlands centre.  Martin Mere supports many jobs, boosts the local economy and has 200,000 visitors per year http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2015/04/wwt-martin-mere-news/martin-mere-worth-millions-to-local-economy/ The Widfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) are proposing to undertake a Feasibilty Study into an alternative wetlands resort. The feasibility study would cost just £10k but the Council are refusing to fund the study. Investment in jobs and tourism in sustainable projects such as an eco-resort or the Wirral Docklands would provide significantly better outcomes in terms of employment, housing, regeneration and tourism – without destroying OUR PRECIOUS GREEN BELT. This petition is intended to show the Council the extent of the local communities’ opposition to its outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money pursuing its “vanity” golf resort and green belt housing development. This is an ill-thought out project, it has unfounded benefits to the people of Wirral and huge negative impacts which would destroy the beautiful character of the area!  ONCE THE GREEN BELT HAS GONE – IT HAS GONE FOREVER!  

Stop Hoylake Golf Resort
4,712 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Wiltshire County Council

Save Wiltshire's Historic Orchard

Land developers are planning to bulldoze a rare and beautiful historic Orchard in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. It is one of the country's oldest orchards, dating back to 1870, and located to the rear of a stunning Grade II* listed property. Plans to build around around 15 'luxury' homes will cause the irreversible loss of many rare fruit trees, many of which are over 140 years old. Bat roosts, badger setts, bird and butterfly habitats will also be destroyed permanently. The Historic England (previously English Heritage) officer for this area was not formally consulted and stated that it would "destroy the building's historical status and setting" and the proposed plans are "wrong and inappropriate". Send your objections to Wiltshire Council by clicking here To see the plans online click here We are calling upon Wiltshire Council and the planning authorities to: Reject the proposed plan to build on the greenfield orchard space Insist that the housing developers fully explore opportunities for the orchard to be used as community space, e.g. for learning, forest schools, community events, wellness sessions, gardening and horticulture training and wildlife conservation. Formally consult Historic England on future proposed plans The site is ideally suited near the centre of the town centre park and could be made easily accessible with a gate. The proposed houses are primarily luxury properties, and will not serve to alleviate a lack of affordable housing. Trowbridge town is a former mill town, with many disused buildings that can be  This is a precious and rare greenfield site near the centre of an old market town, which several non-profit organisations have already expressed interest in managing the site, such as setting up a community orchard. 

Stuart Farrimond
794 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to cllr.coppinger@rbwm.gov.uk

Say NO to Council's plans to sacrifice green lungs of Royal Borough of Windsor &Maidenhead

The Council is currently pursuing plans to build thousands of new houses in prime parkland, currently the site of Maidenhead Golf Course.They also plan to build on Green Belt fields to the west of Windsor, eroding the precious gap between Windsor and Maidenhead. YES, we badly need more homes, especially affordable homes. BUT, we also care about the quality of the air our children breathe. We care about nature, wildlife and green space, which make our Borough a pleasant place to live. The Maidenhead site, about the size of 70 football pitches, is the green lung of Maidenhead, home to hundred-year old trees, bluebell woods and local wildlife. This scheme is putting too many of the wrong houses in the wrong place, and with no guarantees that any of these houses will be truly affordable.  The site to the west of Windsor (HA11) is the second largest site on Green Belt land, where 450 homes are planned, and includes two garden centres. If you care about keeping Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead a pleasant Borough to live in, sign this petition addressed to Cllr Coppinger as the Council’s Lead Member for Planning and also share with friends and neighbours on social media. These sites are the largest of several schemes to build thousands of new homes in Windsor & Maidenhead. The Council plans will destroy the site, swapping grass for tarmac and trees for roof tiles. They have no care for the impact on the wildlife, and no convincing plans to deal with the thousands of additional cars, the diesel fumes and mid-week traffic jams that will bring parts of Maidenhead & Windsor to a standstill. We are calling upon the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to think again. We are in favour of new housing, we just want the Council to reconsider the Plan of what type of homes and where they should go. Did you know: The Council is pressing ahead with its plans, before the proposal Local Plan has even been reviewed by an Examiner? The Council has approved spending £20m of our money trying to bring forward their plans – buying up homes and land to create access for the scheme? We do desperately need more homes – more affordable homes; But we doubt that these schemes will deliver these affordable homes. Click here to see why: https://youtu.be/wdp2WAZWjZQ Some recent publicity stating that that the two garden centres in Windsor (on HA11) no longer form part of the Borough Local Plan are incorrect. In fact the two garden centres will remain in the Local Plan, will be removed from the Green Belt and will remain allocated for development. This parkland was entrusted to the Borough for the benefit of the people of Maidenhead for sports and leisure activities. How does the idea of 2000 homes with the accompanying traffic jams and GP waiting lists represent a “benefit”? Areas around Maidenhead and Windsor already suffer from poor air quality – this is the air that we and our children breathe. Asthma and other breathing conditions can only get worse if we sacrifice our Green Belt and mature trees. The parkland at the golf course an the HA11 are just two of many Green Belt sites set to go and other Green Belt sites will be similarly blighted if the local plan proceeds in its current form. Why did the Borough not do what the government suggests and carry out a full Green Belt review that may have identified better alternative sites? And why was the option of creating a new settlement with its own tailor made infrastructure, favoured by many local Councils, never given serious consideration? Please sign this petition to say NO to the Royal Borough’s decision to promote development of this scale on Windsor & Maidenhead’s Green Belt. Show Councillors, elected to serve us, that riding roughshod over our views is not the way things should be done. RRAG is Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Residents Action Group  www.rbwmresidentsactiongroup.co.uk Please register via our website so we can keep you updated on what is happening to our Borough

RBWM Residents Action Group
2,871 supporters