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Curtain-twitching spies could spoil Hollyoaks plot-lines

TV soap bosses fight new homes plan on church land overlooking Childwall studio

Written by . Published on August 6th 2014.

Curtain-twitching spies could spoil Hollyoaks plot-lines

THE makers of television soap Hollyoaks fear “spies” will eavesdrop on top secret plot-lines if the go-ahead is given to a housing scheme overlooking their Liverpool film set.

Lime Pictures have objected to proposals by historic All Saints Parish Church in leafy Childwall to build three luxury detached homes on the lawn of the vicarage. 

The vicar and parish council want to sell the land, within a conservation area, to fund an extension to the parish hall. 

That extension itself fuelled a campaign by local people, opposed to the plan.

Planning officers are recommending refusal of the scheme which will be debated by the council’s planning committee next Tuesday. 

The scheme has spilt the area, with some objecting to the housing and others backing the church.

The land, on an elevated site, overlooks Lime Pictures’ television and film studio where scenes are shot for Hollyoaks and other films.

They say one of the three houses proposed would directly overlook the studios.

”Filming could be overheard when our business relies on confidentiality,” the company tells planners. 

Childwall Parish ChurchThe historic All Saints Parish Church overlooks the Hollyoaks set

The company also fears the impact of traffic could pose a danger for children who gather around the studio entrance hoping to catch a glimpse of Hollyoaks cast members. They also fear the noise of building work would disrupt filming schedules. 

The Campus Manor Studios, once a high school, were originally transformed into a film set by Phil Redmond’s Mersey Television, makers of the former Channel 4 soap Brookside.

The church says 70 per cent of the income generated by selling the land would go towards the parish hall extension. 

English Heritage has also commented, saying the development will change the character of the Childwall Abbey conservation area 

All Saints' dates back to the 14th century is the only medieval church remaining in Liverpool.

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John BradleyAugust 6th 2014.

All the more reason for it to go ahead, the quicker Hollyoaks is trashed, the better. It is the shitest of shit TV. When someone comes to list the crimes against humanity committed by Phil Redmond the boy from Huyton it will be in 2nd position, just behind Brookside.

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AnonymousAugust 7th 2014.

Only someone with a truly empty life could get so uppity about those topics

AnonymousAugust 7th 2014.

It could be argued that only someone with an even emptier life could be arsed sitting down and writing a comment that contributes absolutely nothing to the topic. But that is not me, so I will say that the reason they are worried is probably not over some mosey neighbour who will sell three secrets to Corrie but over the likes of the Daily Mirror "journalist " who will come knocking on the neighbour's door looking for the heads up on forthcoming storylines - or rather the ones that haven't been drip fed to them by the pr machine in the dubious name off an 'exclusive'. The country has gone to the dogs.

Marjorie ProopsAugust 7th 2014.

There are rumours that Victoria Derbyshire will be taking over from Paxman on Newsnight. The country truly has gone to Hell in a hand-cart

Donald ZecAugust 21st 2014.

Nonsense! Radio 4's Evan Davies has got Paxo's job. He's having to smarten himself up for telly so he was taking advice on cravat-tying from Nicholas Parsons:- www.bbc.co.uk/…/p0253nds…

Elsie TannerAugust 7th 2014.

'Hollyoaks'? Could anyone be ARSED to listen in?

John DaviesAugust 8th 2014.

Anyone would be better than the awful Paxman.

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Donald ZecAugust 21st 2014.

Are you related to Evan Davies?

Elsie TannerAugust 21st 2014.

What? Emily Bishop (née Nugent) is taking over Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme? Well go to the foot of our stairs!

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