Ashton Court (West Kirby). Urban Green Space is not the same as brownfield land.
Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
REFURBISH and MODERNISE ASHTON COURT, BANKS ROAD, WEST KIRBY.
SAVE WEST KIRBY'S URBAN GREEN SPACES FROM URBANISATION.
The existing, empty 22 retirement homes at Ashton Court, have large gardens in front of them, facing Banks Road, and at the rear. The flats were built in 1058 by Hoylake and West Kirby Urban District Council.
Ownership of the Ashton Court homes transferred from Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, in February 2005, to the housing Association - Wirral Partnership Homes (now called 'Magenta Living').
In 2011 Wirral Partnership Homes paid the 22 residents of Ashton Court £5,000 each to leave their homes.
Since 2011 most of the 22 Ashton Court homes have been unoccupied and totally neglected by Magenta Living.
Acompany called Starfish Commercial now claims to have some involvement with the Ashton Court site, whilst Councillors (who are also on the Board of Magenta Living) accept that the Ashton Court site is still owned by Magenta Living.
The private gardens, in front of the Ashton Court homes have, for the last fifty nine years, provided a much appreciated green space, for local residents, half way along Banks Road.
Policy GRE1 of the Local Development Plan calls for Urban Green Spaces, including private gardens, like those at Ashton Court, to be protected.
The Ashton Court gardens should be protected from building schemes since they are areas of visual importance to local residents and to visitors to West Kirby.
Many West Kirby residents would like to see the refurbishment and modernisation of the existing 22 retirement flats, whilst retaining the existing green space.
Planning Application APP/17/01222 seeks the DEMOLITION of twenty two flats at Ashton Court, Banks Road, West Kirby and the building of 14 houses (13 X 3-storey houses and 1 X 2-storey house).
The new houses would be over 8 metres in height.
There would be no garden area remaining between the front of the 13 X 3-storey houses and the pavement along the eastern side of Banks Road. Plots the size of car parking bays, at the rear of the proposed houses, would be the size of car parking bays.
West Kirby's remaining urban green space should be protected for the benefit of present and future generations.
None of the proposed 14 houses would be ’Social Rented Housing’, according to item 17 of the APP/17/01222 planning application ‘Residential Units’.
Paragraph 7.3of the APP/17/01222 Starfish Planning Statement refers to brownfield sites. Ashton Court is NOT a brownfield site. Discussion about Vacant Building Credits (VBCs), relating to brownfield sites are not applicable to Ashton Court.
1. - What efforts has the Council made to enforce its Unitary Development Plan policy GRE1, toprotect the Urban Green Space at Ashton Court, Banks Road, West Kirby, Wirral?
2. - What steps has the Council taken to make Magenta Living/Starfish Commercial aware of the fact that the Urban Green Space at Ashton Court, West Kirby is NOT brownfield land?
Dear Mr Rundle
We write further to your Freedom of Information request in which you
1. - What efforts has the Council made to enforce its Unitary Development
Plan policy GRE1, to protect the Urban Green Space at Ashton Court, Banks
Road, West Kirby, Wirral?
2. - What steps has the Council taken to make Magenta Living/Starfish
Commercial aware of the fact that the Urban Green Space at Ashton Court,
West Kirby is NOT brownfield land?
In response to both questions, Wirral Council would advise that the site
in question is not designated as Urban Greenspace in the Wirral Unitary
Development Plan and therefore Policy GRE1 is not relevant in this case.
Senior Information Management Officer
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