Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Proposals for the sale of 285 acres of Green Belt land adjacent to Hoylake and West Kirby are totally unacceptable to many Wirral residents.
How much money is Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council destined to receive from the sale of 285 acres of Green Belt land, in order that a private company can build the 'Hoylake Golf Resort'?
Dear Mr Rundle,
Wirral Council thanks you for your request, please find response
Regeneration and Environment can confirm in response to your queries
below, please note we have aggregated these two queries.
‘Please provide a list of ALL the proposals put forward, by members of the
public when all options were open, concerning the 285 acres of Green Belt
land on which Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council proposes to permit the
'Hoylake Golf Resort' to be built.’
Wirral Council can confirm no alternative project proposals have been
submitted to the Council.
‘Proposals for the sale of 285 acres of Green Belt land adjacent to
Hoylake and West Kirby are totally unacceptable to many Wirral residents.
How much money is Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council destined to receive
from the sale of 285 acres of Green Belt land, in order that a private
company can build the 'Hoylake Golf Resort'?’
Wirral Council will be proposing the sale of land within its ownership to
the Jack Nicklaus Joint Venture Group subject to the granting of planning
permission. The Council will receive a receipt that has been independently
valued and judged to represent best consideration for the land. Wirral
Council considers the proposed price at which land is to be sold
commercially sensitive and that this is exempt information under Section
43 of The Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Commercial Interests. The
Council believes that to disclose the information would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interests of any person. (A person may be an
individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal
entity.) The concept of commercial interest is wide and a commercial
interest relates to a person’s ability to participate competitively in a
commercial activity, i.e. the purchase and sale of goods or service.
The Council has had regard to the advice contained within the guidance on
the Information Commissioner’s Office website at
The public interest test has been considered, the Council needs to operate
in a commercial and competitive environment and disclose of information,
in this case, could prejudice the ability for the Council to operate
competitively. Therefore the public interest in disclosure is outweighed
by the need to respect the confidentiality of the Competitive Dialogue
procurement and the commercial sensitivity of the price at which the
Council hopes to sell its land before contracts are exchanged.
You have the right to ask for an internal review in respect of this
refusal of your request for information. This should be addressed to:
Information Manager, Legal and Member Services, Town Hall, Brighton
Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED [Wirral Borough Council request email]
If you are dissatisfied with the result of your internal review, you have
the right to complain to the Information Commissioner,
Thank you for your enquiry.
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