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'NO moratorium on Sefton Park Meadows houses'

So what's the point of including it in the green spaces review? ask campaigners

Written by . Published on November 27th 2014.


'NO moratorium on Sefton Park Meadows houses'
 

ROUND two, or is it three, of the Battle of Sefton Park Meadows continued to be played out today with the question, is there a moratorium until after an independent review into the city’s green spaces?

The Meadows scheme is not on hold, storms the council. 

Putting the scheme on hold was discussed this week, insists Green councillor Tom Crone.

An even bigger questions now emerges – the council says the Meadows is included in the independent review (which won’t even report back until next summer), but progress on the scheme there will continue in the meanwhile …. So what is the purpose of the review?

Earlier this week the battle over the Meadows was played out in national newspapers, and in international media, following the high profile spat between Mayor Anderson and Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall.

Fast forward to Tuesday night when the council’s Regeneration, Housing and Sustainability Select Committee held a meeting at the Town Hall to discuss proposals for the involvement of city councillors and the wider community in the development of the Liverpool Local Plan.

At the city council meeting a week earlier Mayor Anderson announced the setting up of an independently chaired committee to review potential development sites across Liverpool.

Green Councillor Tom Crone, a member of the select committee, fired at question at Regeneration Director Nick Kavanagh at this Tuesday’s meeting.

Cllr Crone told Liverpool Confidential: “The first question I asked (Nick Kavanagh) was while there is a review going on should there be a moratorium on the development of sites included in the review. Nick Kavanagh’s response seemed to confirm that high profile schemes should be on hold while the review takes place.

“I certainly  took from his response that he agreed with my statement that there should be no progress on developments during the review. To me it seemed a most logical response. If there was to be no cessation of projects developing, what would be the point or purpose of a review. It would, in my opinion, undermine the task of the independent review.

“John Davies (from the Sefton Park Meadows Campaign) was at the meeting and he contacted me to ask if I had heard what he had heard, that green space developments should be put on hold. That helped confirm to me I was correct in my understanding of what had been said at the meeting.”

John Davies told Liverpool Confidential he also understood the exchange between Cllr Crone and Nick Kavanagh to mean the Meadows development would be put on hold.

Liberal Steve Radford, who was also at the meeting, insists no such moratorium was promised, adding “Nick Kavanagh went on to point out that nobody could halt a planning application being submitted for any site in the city.”

Buoyed by reports from the meeting from Cllr Crone and John Davies, Ken Aspinall, chair of Save Sefton Park Meadows Campaign Group welcomed the development, hailing it as a partial victory in the battle to save the Meadows.

He told Liverpool Confidential: “I thought it was too good to be true, but the message was clear: the Meadows development was on hold.”

Radio Merseyside and Liverpool Confidential reported what was an interesting development in the story, especially in the wake of Kim Cattrall’s timely intervention.

Mayor Anderson’s official spokesman then entered the fray, with a comment: “While Sefton Park Meadows and Walton Hall Park will be included in the green spaces review, it is not correct that there is a moratorium on progress on the current schemes, and this is not what was stated at the select committee meeting.”

The spokesman added that the Mayor will be announcing the details and “terms and conditions” of the independent review, most likely next week. The review will look at green spaces in the city on a ward by ward, case by case basis.

Redrow, the development company owned by Liverpool born multi-millionaire Steve Morgan, has already indicated that, subject to planning permission, it hopes to start development of the Meadows next spring – months before the review reports back.

Cllr Crone, in response, says: “I stand by what I have said, because it would defy logic to continue to progress high profile schemes such as the Meadows until the independent review reports back to the council next summer.”

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

John BradleyNovember 27th 2014.

Are these things recorded?

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Yaffle ChucklebuttyNovember 27th 2014.

No I think Larry just types them and emails it. Although I'd be happy to turn the articles into a short musical video.

John BradleyNovember 27th 2014.

I think a full blow Opera could be in order. "cosi fan twatte" or perhaps some thing like Joeterdämmerung

Maggie WallaceNovember 27th 2014.

Confused by this report - what the h*** is going on?

KnowledgeableNovember 28th 2014.

Everybody at the council meeting heard them announce there was going to be an independent inquiry into the sell off of Liverpool's green spaces and that this inquiry would definitely include Sefton Park Meadows. The inquiry would not report back until next summer. So far, so good. Now then, work by Redrow on the meadows is meant to be starting in spring - before the inquiry has a chance to report back. So, to allow the inquiry to do its job properly, it was announced by Nick Kavanagh at the meeting that no building work would take place on any of the green spaces (including the Meadows) in the interim. In other words, a stay of execution. Unfortunately, when the media reported this, Uncle Joe blew a fuse and announced that house building on the Meadows would go ahead, as planned, regardless of the inquiry whose task is to scrutinise, er, building on the Meadows. So come spring we will have a situation where there is an inquiry taking place into building on the Meadows, and the Meadows will be a building site. Only in Liverpool, they all chortled.

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AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

They haven't got planning permission yet, have they? Surely they will not be able to grant planning permission if there is an independent inquiry underway.

DarrenNovember 28th 2014.

“Nick Kavanagh went on to point out that nobody could halt a planning application being submitted for any site in the city.” The other big joke about all of this is that the "Independent Inquiry" members are to be councillors hand-picked by Joe Anderson. Who bets one single member the panel is a Green, Lib Dem or Independent? No? Thought not

AnonymousNovember 28th 2014.

Darren, I know no-one can prevent a planning application being submitted, my point was, it has to be considered by the planning committee, people can object, etc etc. All in public. The Save the Meadows people are organised and resourceful, and an ongoing independent inquiry is a great objection.

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