Government Says Knowsley Greenbelt Plans ‘Sound’

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

greenbeltfeatA government inspector has approved plans to allow development on Knowsley’s greenbelt.

The borough council say they’ve had no choice but to remove protections from the land, due to government housing targets. Protesters say it would damage the environment, however, and put an impossible burden on local infrastructure, such as roads, schools and the NHS.

Hearings were reconvened in June this year to give residents another opportunity to register their objections.

prescot_greenbeltInspector Martin Pike said he acknowledged “substantial opposition” from local communities, but was satisfied that building on greenbelt was both an essential part of Knowsley’s Local Plan and in keeping with national policy.

The only modification to the plan will see some land in Knowsley Village preserved, but land elsewhere in the borough will still be made available for development.

Images: Gridded areas show greenbelt under threat in Whiston (top), Cronton (top) and Prescot (bottom).

8 Comments

  1. ADRIAN SWEENEY

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    So once again the wishes of the local community are treated with disdain and contempt by both the Government inspectorate and the Labour dominated Council. The Borough of Knowsley will soon be just one big housing/industrial development as the combined forces of greed (housing developers), incompetence (Knowsley Council)and bullying (national government)destroy for ever what is left (and in Knowsley there is very little of it)of our green open spaces.

  2. Charlotte

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Does anyone know what the previously named ‘Print House’ is to become? And when its due to open? Thanks

  3. David Howarth

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I wonder where ‘Inspector Martin Pike’ actually lives? I’ll bet a kidney he isn’t resided in Knowsley…what right do they have in destroying a community that they are not a part of? The people of Knowsley have no voice! We are treated like ants, just expected to carry on like drones while the fat cats get rich from our misery! Whiston will be crippled by this…increased strain on schools, GPs, the hospital, traffic, (I’d say the police force but they are pretty none existent in Whiston). Not to mention the decrease in property value! Who’s going to subsidise the loss in value of my property? It won’t be Martin Pike! It makes me sick to the stomach that money gets legally stolen from my wages each and every month to pay for a bunch of kiddie fiddler protecting, corrupt, selfish public school boys to s*** on me from a great height. How these bastards sleep at night is beyond me!

  4. Paul Mcnevin

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    How can this be “sound” you don’t live in Knowsley it’s already overpopulated and strained in resources these greenbelt areas are places I would play as a child and have good memories not only that there homes for our wildlife they should be kept that way

  5. dave

    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    How about building on Lord Derby’s land?? thought not.
    Do Knowsley “””own””” the land or are they now dictating compulsory purchase orders on Whittakers Gareden Centre and other businesses on the proposed land?

    I see KMBC have also sold the old Swimming Baths land to a developer….land given to people of Prescot in perpetuity for use as sport and leisure. before the BICC and long long before KMBC got their corrupt hands on it. Absolute disgrace this is allowed to happen.

  6. Mark

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    The fight to save these areas was never going to work. They never had enough money to pay off the right people.
    Add Whiston and Whittakers to the old BI site and you have 3000+ new homes, thats a whole lot more £££ in the councils coffers, yet none of it will go to improve the infrastructure.

  7. ann downey

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

    all these new houses being built but no facilities no more GPs to cope with the extra still only one supermarket. no leisure facilities on one 5 a side football pitch prescot is going to be one massive housing estate and nothing more all the wealth shopping revenue from leisure etc will go out of the borough

  8. Verity Rhodes

    Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I have a recreation & resource centre in Kemble Street, Prescot where lots of activities and services are available. Anyone with good ideas to develop the centre can visit on Friday 9th October 15 between 11am ad 3pm.

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