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Handshake on Sefton meadows land deal coming soon

House-builder in Mayor's controversial sell-off revealed in next four weeks

Written by . Published on August 1st 2014.


Handshake on Sefton meadows land deal coming soon
 

THE preferred developer earmarked to build houses on Sefton Park’s historic Meadowlands is to be revealed within four weeks, city council cabinet member Malcolm Kennedy has revealed, with a planning application submitted by the end of August.

 Cllr Kennedy was responding to a question about the controversial sell-off from the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, Cllr Richard Kemp.

Campaigners have been waging a battle to halt the proposed sale of the land, since it was revealed in May 2013, describing it as tantamount to flogging the city’s crown jewels.

There have been picnics and petitions but to little avail. Former council leader Mike Storey even accused Mayor Joe Anderson of carrying on the policies of Militant and destroying the very green essence of the character of the city.  "We are back to the days of selling off our green and open spaces to the highest bidder. The only people who will benefit will be the property developers."

Sefton MeadowlandsOne day all this will be houses

Nevertheless, the council has consistently argued the Meadowlands is not part of Sefton Park, but a "piece of incidental open space" outside its perimeter road. Mayor Anderson wants to sell the land, to provide a top-end development of executive homes. He says the cash will be used to invest in the city parks and create an open-air stage for music events in Sefton Park. 
 
Cllr Kemp asked: “Given that is six months since the closure of the tender process for the disposal of the Sefton Park Meadowlands and two months since trial bores were undertaken on the land. Would the Cabinet member please indicate when a report on the matter will be presented to cabinet and when it is anticipated that a planning application will be received?
 
In response, Cllr Kennedy, who is the cabinet member for regeneration, transport and climate change, said: “Due to the development sensitivities attributed to this site, a number of informative investigations have been essential to enable a sympathetic and exemplar scheme to be evaluated.

"This due diligence work has taken time to evolve to ensure that the right scheme is presented for public consultation. It is currently envisaged that the council will be in a position to announce who the preferred development partner will be within the next four weeks.

"Following the aforementioned consultation exercise a planning application is expected to be submitted before the end of August. A report outlining the commercial aspects of the deal will then be presented to Cabinet seeking ratification.”

Initial expressions of interest were received five months ago from a number of as yet unnamed developers. During June initial ground investigations were undertaken at the Meadowlands.

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 3rd 2014.

Disgraceful.

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JeffAugust 4th 2014.

disgraceful indeed...and steamrolled through with an avaricious eagerness that suggests it won't be this council's last invasion of the city's treasured parks/green spaces.......they paved paradise etc etc....

AnonymousAugust 7th 2014.

The preferred development partner hasn't been announced yet, and they have no date for even the start of the public consultation. But from the sound of it the planning application will be submitted in what is now 3 weeks' time, followed by the report to Cabinet. They clearly aren't interested in considering the results of the consultation much less taking any comments or concerns into account. Some consultation - they need to call it something else, a PR exercise, maybe?

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John BradleyAugust 7th 2014.

How the consultation starts without plans? The consultation process is started by the application for planning permission.

AnonymousAugust 7th 2014.

The article actually states "Following the aforementioned consultation process, a planning application....."

John BradleyAugust 7th 2014.

So it does but Kennedy is well known for talking through his backside.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

So you think the Labour run Planning Committee will even dare to challenge the plans. Pleasezzzzzzzz, this IS Liverpool remember.

Myles FailbetterAugust 11th 2014.

Time to rename The Pool. City of Bohane, p'raps? Seething with gangs, cliques and cabals operating through secret deals, private pacts and quid pro quos which never see the light of day.

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