SITE NOTICES for Banks Road and Ashton Drive - Planning Application APP/17/01222

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
There is a planning application for 14 houses to be built in Banks Road/Ashton Drive , West Kirby (planning application APP/17/01222) yet Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council has failed to display any SITE NOTICES in Banks Road or Ashton Drive giving details of this application......which is essentially the same as the 2016 application (APP/16/00823), together with some added detail relating to 'affordability'.
In 2016 515 people signed a petition objecting to the APP/16/00823 application.
I am aware that the Council has sent out some Neighbour Notification letters relating to APP/17/01222, but Site Notices communicate information with many local people who have not received a Neighbour Notification letter.
1. Since the Council has not displayed site notices for the APP/17/01222 application, will the Council now take action to put site notices for the APP/17/01222 application on display in Banks Road and in Ashton Drive?
2. Will the Council extend its period of consultation concerning the APP/17/01222 application since it has not given members of the public the opportunity to consider the application, as a consequence of neglecting to display APP/17/0122 SITE NOTICES in Banks Road and in Ashton Drive.
3. Why has the Council put Site Notices on display, in Banks Road, relating to other planning applications but not for the APP/17/01222 application?
4. Does the Council have a hidden agenda which includes an attempt to minimise the number of objections to the APP/17/0122 application for 13 3-storey houses and one 2-storey house at Ashton Court?
5. Does the Council intend to use its influence (with Councillors sitting on the Board of Magenta Living) to investigate why Ashton Court's 22 flats, for elderly residents, have been nearly completely unoccupied and neglected since 2011? In that year the rents were £150 per month. Magenta Living properties are largely, in 2017, £550+ per month. The possible cost of the proposed houses at Ashton Court would be in the order of £750 to £950 per month. To describe such properties as 'affordable' is shocking to many people living on the Wirral. Magenta Living is a registered charity, paying zero % tax. Magenta Living is supposed to be providing housing for those in housing need, not providing housing for the affluent.
6. Will the Councillors sitting on the Board of Magenta Living exert their influence to make sure that Ashton Cort's existing 22 flats and two communal rooms are refurbished for local elderly residents who are in need of low cost accommodation?

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Rundle

 

We write in response to your Freedom of Information request of 17 October
2017 in which you asked:

 

1. Since the Council has not displayed site notices for the APP/17/01222
application, will the Council now take action to put site notices for the
APP/17/01222 application on display in Banks Road and in Ashton Drive?

2. Will the Council extend its period of consultation concerning the
APP/17/01222 application since it has not given members of the public the
opportunity to consider the application, as a consequence of neglecting to
display APP/17/0122 SITE NOTICES in Banks Road and in Ashton Drive.

3. Why has the Council put Site Notices on display, in Banks Road,
relating to other planning applications but not for the APP/17/01222
application?

4. Does the Council have a hidden agenda which includes an attempt to
minimise the number of objections to the APP/17/0122 application for 13
3-storey houses and one 2-storey house at Ashton Court?

5. Does the Council intend to use its influence (with Councillors sitting
on the Board of Magenta Living) to investigate why Ashton Court's 22
flats, for elderly residents, have been nearly completely unoccupied and
neglected since 2011? In that year the rents were £150 per month. Magenta
Living properties are largely, in 2017, £550+ per month. The possible cost
of the proposed houses at Ashton Court would be in the order of £750 to
£950 per month. To describe such properties as 'affordable' is shocking to
many people living on the Wirral. Magenta Living is a registered charity,
paying zero % tax. Magenta Living is supposed to be providing housing for
those in housing need, not providing housing for the affluent.

6. Will the Councillors sitting on the Board of Magenta Living exert their
influence to make sure that Ashton Cort's existing 22 flats and two
communal rooms are refurbished for local elderly residents who are in need
of low cost accommodation?

 

In response to Q1 – 3 of your enquiry, please note that the planning
application was received on 25 September 2017 and validated on 9 October
2017.  The site notice is due to be displayed on Thursday 19th October
2017 and the last date for comments will be the statutory 21 days from the
date that the notice is posted, i.e. 9 ^ November 2017.

 

Q4-6 of your enquiry are not valid requests for recorded information held
by the Council. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

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