SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS

The campaign to stop Liverpool City Council selling off the meadows of Sefton Park

Briefings 3: Carry On Objecting! Planning Application Still Going Ahead

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All Redrow Planning documents here

Our Starter for 10 to help supporters send in objections

Our latest  Flyer  with details of how to object

Useful blog on How to Object to Planning Applications.

“The Mayor has no role in the determination of planning applications, which is a non-executive function”.  Statement  to us from Planning Director David Hughes (30th Jan)Mayor Joe Anderson may well oppose the tree loss, but Redrow’s  planning application for Sefton Park Meadows (Land at Park Avenue) is still going ahead, and public objections need to be submitted, as advertised, by 19th Feb.

We had confirmation from David Hughes, Head of Planning at Liverpool City Council, as follows:

“.. Redrow have informed me (29/01/2015) that they will be making amendments to the planning application 15F/0110. They informed me they will be submitting an amended proposal for the Planning Authority’s consideration.
Please note when we receive the amendments they will be fully re-consulted upon with internal and external consultees to allow all interested parties an opportunity to submit further representation. Given the timescale implications, Redrow have also agreed to an extension of time on the application and I await a revised timescale from them.”

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEND IN YOUR OBJECTIONS TO REDROW’S DEVELOPMENT.  See previous Post ‘Briefings 2’  for all details on how to object, who to send to and helpful points you may want to include. We have no details of any new timescales so please stick to the 19th Feb deadline. The Public Notice in the Liverpool Echo was published as expected on Thurs 29th Jan, giving 3 weeks for objections.

It is also important to include that you want to be consulted on any new amendments or a new application that Redrow may make.  The Council will then have to send you details of these once they are available for  you to object again if you wish. A new planning application may involve the removal of fewer trees. However, this does not alter the fact that the Meadows will be lost forever.

We continue to say NO to REDROW! and any development. Our planning consultant will be submitting a first draft of his report to the campaign group within the next few days.

Thank you.

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6 thoughts on “Briefings 3: Carry On Objecting! Planning Application Still Going Ahead

  1. Have just sent this to the email address you listed in your flyer planningandbuildingcontrol@liverpool.gov.uk

    To: Divisional Manager – Planning

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am writing to you to ask that the plans to build on Sefton Park Meadows by Redrow Houses be stopped. The area is a valued part of the environment for many people who have lived near it, and also for people that visit from further afield, and this has been the case for many many years. It would be a tragedy if it were to be developed on.

    I am sure you are probably aware that over 7000 people have voiced their objections to these plans and I myself remember writing to object to this via the Liverpool Government website at least 3 years ago, and actually cannot believe this still has to be fought.

    It’s actually a disgrace the level to which this has been pushed and pushed for against overwhelming evidence that a massive amount of people are against it. Why are these people being ignored? Why is their opinion considered so unimportant? The council is supposed to be here to serve the interests of the people who live in Liverpool, not the interests of property developers’ profits and the small amount of people who would utilize the suggested properties.

    Granted, property development is a potential source of revenue for the council, and therefore the city (although Redrow would probably be gaining more of an advantage in financial terms than the City of Liverpool) and of course in a city such as Liverpool there is always a need for housing; but there are plenty of areas in Liverpool that could be developed upon without it having to involve the barbaric destruction of a protected urban greenspace area.

    I have lived around Sefton Park and Princes Park all my life and this is not the first time I have seen unnecessary property development invading the environs of a very beautiful and valuable part of the city, and every time it happens it sets a worsening precedent that over years could see a serious degradation of this very special area. It pains me every time I see another part of the area chipped away at, anther tree callously chopped down, and another area of grassland tarmacked over, and it shocks me that the council has ever allowed any of it. This is also about the quality of people’s lives – not just now but in the future. Not just for a few rich people (the developers and the people who would buy or rent the properties) but for everyone.

    Over 7000 people, who pay council tax, don’t want it. It is the council’s duty to listen to them and respond to issues that are important to them. That is a major part of what council officials are being paid to do.

    Are you aware that people from all over the city visit the Sefton and Princes Park area for a much needed break from the oppressive uniformity of concrete and brick that takes up so much of the city? The parks and the areas around them are there for everyone, not just for the financially advantaged, and it is supposed to be the City Council’s job to protect the interests of everyone in the city not just a few.

    I also don’t understand when I see signs saying “conservation area” on Lark Lane, and mentioned in relation to the entire Sefton Park area that this development is being considered at all. Not to mention the history of the place, or the wildlife it supports. I find it staggering that development in an area like Sefton Park Meadows (or anywhere around the two parks I have mentioned in fact) wasn’t simply immediately thrown out at first reading. It’s a travesty.

    I objected to an old tree being chopped down on Mannering Road, L17, a few years ago, and my objection was totally ignored. I didn’t even receive notice that my objection had even been read. I saw another tree chopped down that had been a part of my life for 40 years and I hadn’t even known there were plans to destroy it. One day it was there, part of a familiar and beautiful environment, the next day gone – leaving an unsightly stump, by the way, which is actually insulting and disgusting to me. This was on Lark Lane – a “conservation area”.

    The City Council is supposed to serve the interests of the People of the City of Liverpool. This kind of thing is not how that is done. This just looks like a gang of people doing whatever they fancy doing, and taking a pay cheque funded by The People of the City of Liverpool they are ignoring. I hope I am wrong about this. But things like this proposed development and other destructive events I have already seen, and the way for instance the Sefton Park Palm House seems to have become an entertainment function house for the rich for instance, don’t help to convince me the Council can be trusted.

    In case you aren’t aware of them, here are a number of other reason why these plans should be vetoed:

    I then added your ten point list.

  2. I made a comment here but the whole signing in process made it confusing and I don’t know whether the comment got posted and is awaiting approval or whether the comment didn’t go through at all and was cancelled by the signing in process.

    • Hi Luke,
      hope your objection got through the email process. You can send a hard copy even past the 19th Feb deadline date. Redrow are revising their plans so further consultation will be opened and comments invited. Watch our website for new details.

  3. Ah. I see. The signing in process cancelled out the commebnt. NOt a good protocol. Here is the comment I made:

    Using the contyact details you provided I sent the following email to planningandbuildingcontrol@liverpool.gov.uk

    To: Divisional Manager – Planning

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am writing to you to ask that the plans to build on Sefton Park Meadows by Redrow Houses be stopped. The area is a valued part of the environment for many people who have lived near it, and also for people that visit from further afield, and this has been the case for many many years. It would be a tragedy if it were to be developed on.

    I am sure you are probably aware that over 7000 people have voiced their objections to these plans and I myself remember writing to object to this via the Liverpool Government website at least 3 years ago, and actually cannot believe this still has to be fought.

    It’s actually a disgrace the level to which this has been pushed and pushed for against overwhelming evidence that a massive amount of people are against it. Why are these people being ignored? Why is their opinion considered so unimportant? The council is supposed to be here to serve the interests of the people who live in Liverpool, not the interests of property developers’ profits and the small amount of people who would utilize the suggested properties.

    Granted, property development is a potential source of revenue for the council, and therefore the city (although Redrow would probably be gaining more of an advantage in financial terms than the City of Liverpool) and of course in a city such as Liverpool there is always a need for housing; but there are plenty of areas in Liverpool that could be developed upon without it having to involve the barbaric destruction of a protected urban greenspace area.

    I have lived around Sefton Park and Princes Park all my life and this is not the first time I have seen unnecessary property development invading the environs of a very beautiful and valuable part of the city, and every time it happens it sets a worsening precedent that over years could see a serious degradation of this very special area. It pains me every time I see another part of the area chipped away at, anther tree callously chopped down, and another area of grassland tarmacked over, and it shocks me that the council has ever allowed any of it. This is also about the quality of people’s lives – not just now but in the future. Not just for a few rich people (the developers and the people who would buy or rent the properties) but for everyone.

    Over 7000 people, who pay council tax, don’t want it. It is the council’s duty to listen to them and respond to issues that are important to them. That is a major part of what council officials are being paid to do.

    Are you aware that people from all over the city visit the Sefton and Princes Park area for a much needed break from the oppressive uniformity of concrete and brick that takes up so much of the city? The parks and the areas around them are there for everyone, not just for the financially advantaged, and it is supposed to be the City Council’s job to protect the interests of everyone in the city not just a few.

    I also don’t understand when I see signs saying “conservation area” on Lark Lane, and mentioned in relation to the entire Sefton Park area that this development is being considered at all. Not to mention the history of the place, or the wildlife it supports. I find it staggering that development in an area like Sefton Park Meadows (or anywhere around the two parks I have mentioned in fact) wasn’t simply immediately thrown out at first reading. It’s a travesty.

    I objected to an old tree being chopped down on Mannering Road, L17, a few years ago, and my objection was totally ignored. I didn’t even receive notice that my objection had even been read. I saw another tree chopped down that had been a part of my life for 40 years and I hadn’t even known there were plans to destroy it. One day it was there, part of a familiar and beautiful environment, the next day gone – leaving an unsightly stump, by the way, which is actually insulting and disgusting to me. This was on Lark Lane – a “conservation area”.

    The City Council is supposed to serve the interests of the People of the City of Liverpool. This kind of thing is not how that is done. This just looks like a gang of people doing whatever they fancy doing, and taking a pay cheque funded by The People of the City of Liverpool they are ignoring. I hope I am wrong about this. But things like this proposed development and other destructive events I have already seen, and the way for instance the Sefton Park Palm House seems to have become an entertainment function house for the rich for instance, don’t help to convince me the Council can be trusted.

    In case you aren’t aware of them, here are a number of other reason why these plans should be vetoed:

    i ten added you ten point list.

    I removed things I had put in about sincerely hoping this hasn’t been happening because someone on the Council was friends with a friend of a friend who may or may not be a director at Redrow.

  4. This is my objection to laying waste to the meadows
    Dear Sir, Concerning APPLICATION 15F/0110, I AM STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THIS OUTRAGEOUS DEVELOPMENT OF PARKLAND.

    I have lived at Aigburth, Liverpool L17, all my life of 61 years, I was brought up with Sefton Park and the Meadows as my playground. I have some points to make why the meadows should not be developed.

    1. The meadows are part of ancient parkland, and are part of Sefton Park, traditionally as common usage by local people.

    2. The meadows were used as allotments during the war to feed hungry, rationed locals and are of practical use.

    3. The meadows are great beauty spot, as designed as part of Sefton Park access from, Queens Drive. 

    4. The meadows are a haven for rare birds and wildlife.

    5.  The meadows are a recreation ground for local young people and people of all ages, eg. The boy scouts, bonfire celebrations, football and  ball games, dog walkers, ramblers, picnickers, the meadows as a field of Sefton park has access for vehicles and picnickers and recreational use.

    6 It is a safe area for children to play in view of the public,  from bad people in the hidden parts of the park for local people.

    7. It is a safe area for local children to access, without crossing Mossley Hill drive, which is dangerous with speeding traffic from Queens Drive ( a cyclist was injured there recently beside the meadows).

    8. There has been too much luxury developement in the immediate vicinity of the meadows recently, upsetting the social balance of the area and causing the closing of old Aigbuth village public houses in Aigburth Vale, and the closing of the APH peoples club, which is now just another bar until that is developed, the area has no community facilities anymore and it is a great injustice to take away the meadows community recreational land.

    9. It is false for outsiders passing by in cars to say the meadows are never used, it depends on the time of day, the season,  the weather, when it is used, most of the fields of Sefton park appear not to be used regularly, and are empty most of the working week.

    10. The meadows are a great asset to Aigburth and the wider community.

    11. Lord David Alton some decades ago stood with the locals and succeeded in defending the meadows from development then and now there is similarly no argument except graft and corruption to develop green park land.

    I hope there is some fairplay and justice for the true cause of defenders of the meadows against spoilers of green community parkland, and rich destroyers of the peoples community.

    • Hi Mr Thomas, this is a great objection from someone with such a long history of the Meadows. Many thanks for submitting this. Redrow will be revising their application ( again) and we will need to send comments again on these. Watch our website for more details. Thanks again.

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