ASHTON COURT (West Kirby)....A Compulsory Purchase Order is needed.

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Please provide details of all Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council discussions (and documentation) concerning plans for the compulsory purchase of the 22 empty and neglected retirement homes at Ashton Court, Banks Road, West Kirby, from the awful housing association, 'Magenta Living'.
Magenta Living (formerly known as Wirral Partnership Homes) has owned Ashton Court since February 2005.
The 22 retirement flats have been unoccupied by elderly tenants since 2011, when 22 elderly people were paid £5000 each and told to leave their homes. At that time the 22 residents had two communal rooms, paid £110 per month in rent and had a warden. Some of those former residents now live in the Magenta Living property 'Redshanks' (in Market Street, Hoylake) where they pay £550 rent per month.
Magenta Living owns 192 unoccupied homes......(including the 22 at Ashton Court) which have been empty for years.
Magenta Living has vandalised the Ashton Court externally (removing ALL of the shrubs from the gardens with hedge trimmers and chain saws) and internally (giving the property keys to a company based in Ellesmere Port to knock holes through all of the internal walls). No vandalism has been done by any local people, young or old. The only vandalism undertaken at Ashton Court has been undertaken by Magenta Living, the owners.
ASHTON COURT – UPDATE. January 2019.

The twenty two, unoccupied and neglected, retirement flats at Ashton Court, Banks Road, West Kirby, should be refurbished and modernised. They should be kept as social, rented housing.

Planning application - APP/18/01625 proposes the demolition of the existing 22 retirement flats and the privatisation of Ashton Court, with the building of 14 houses, to be sold, privately.

Ashton Court is not a Brown Field Site, since it does not qualify as such under the National Planning Policy Framework (see the N.P.P.F. Glossary, Annex 2 - ‘Previously Developed Land’).

PLEASE object to the APP/18/01625 Planning application.

Write to: David Ball, Assistant Director 'Major Growth Projects and Housing Delivery, Economic and Housing Growth Directorate', Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, P.O. Box 290, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH27 9FQ.

Email: [email address]

Please invite your friends and neighbours to sign petitions objecting to the APP/18/01625 planning application. Thank you.
‘Magenta Living’ has created three companies to privatise some of the 13,000 social homes that it owns. The companies are: ‘Hilbre Homes’, ‘Starfish Commercial’ and ‘Bamboo Lettings’.
'Magenta Living' currently has 192 unoccupied properties. 'Magenta Living' is responsible for the neglect of the twenty two unoccupied homes at Ashton Court.
Since 2011 most of the twenty two Ashton Court homes have been wholly unoccupied and totally neglected by 'Magenta Living'. The private gardens, in front of the Ashton Court homes have, for the last fifty 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 object to Planning Application APP/18/01625 which 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). They are opposed to the ‘Magenta Living’ plan for the demolition of the existing homes at Ashton Court. ‘Magenta Living’ should refurbish and modernise the existing homes rather than destroy highly-valued urban green space at Ashton Court by building 14 tightly-packed, private houses. West Kirby's remaining urban green spaces should be protected for the benefit of present and future generations.
It is now time for Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council to make a Compulsory Purchase Order and subsequently refurbish and modernise the 22 retirement flats at Ashton Court, West Kirby.
'Hilbre Homes' (a Magenta Living creation) has submitted a repeat planning application (APP/18/01625) which has been rejected twice by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's Planning Committee (UNANIMOUSLY).
The Council must now acknowledge that Magenta Living has breached its commitments to the Council and to the Charities Commission to provide social housing for those in housing need.
Is Magenta Living using the 192 empty properties in its portfolio, to include them at zero rent properties, in its accounts, to reduce the average rents to £88 per week, when in the real world, actual rents exceed £88 per week?

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Rundle

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act in which you have asked as follows:

 

‘Please provide details of all Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
discussions (and documentation) concerning plans for the compulsory
purchase of the 22 empty and neglected retirement homes at Ashton Court,
Banks Road, West Kirby, from the awful housing association, 'Magenta
Living'.’

 

‘Is Magenta Living using the 192 empty properties in its portfolio, to
include them at zero rent properties, in its accounts, to reduce the
average rents to £88 per week, when in the real world, actual rents exceed
£88 per week?’

 

 

 

Wirral Borough Council can confirm it does not have any plans concerning
compulsory purchase of Ashton Court, Banks Road, West Kirby therefore we
have no recorded information to provide on this matter.

In respect of your zero rent property query Wirral Borough Council would
not hold this information, we advise that you may wish to re-direct this
enquiry to Magenta Living  they can be contacted via their website at this
[1]link.

 

 

The Freedom of Information Act covers recorded information held by a
public body. The remainder of your query therefore does not constitute a
valid request under the legislation FOIA 2000.  Guidance on how to submit
an enquiry can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at
[2]this link.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Business Management

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

[3]Tel:0151 691 8397

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