West Kirby residents protest against Wirral Partnership Homes proposals

Posted: 23/05/2012

Over 100 residents in West Kirby have opposed plans for Wirral Partnership Homes to build two, four story apartment blocks and a health centre at Bridge Court.

The development would offer 48, two bedroom apartments to be used as social housing for the town. Unfortunately the location of the development has been deemed by local residents inappropriate as it would result in the loss of 11 species of trees.

Residents are also concerned about road safety and privacy around new development due to parking issues, congestion and the residents that live close being overlooked by the apartment blocks. However, planning officers who visited the site have recommended the scheme for approval.

West Kirby residents also highlighted their discontent at potentially neighbouring affordable accommodation and suggested the building would be more suitable as sheltered accommodation for the elderly.

On the other hand, some residents of West Kirby support the scheme, indicating the desperate need for social housing. The original plans for the apartment block have already been revised, reducing the amount of flats by ten from 58 to 48.

A Wirral Partnership Homes spokesman spoke to the Wirral Globe and stated, ‘The Bridge Court scheme has been created to address two vital areas of need in West Kirby - new homes to meet the demand of the local population and up-to-date health provision that people expect and deserve in the 21st Century.’

The final decision on the proposals will be made by members of the planning committee on Thursday night.

Do you agree with some of the West Kirby residents, that the area is not suitable for social housing or do you think the demand for housing is more important in the current economy?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
www.paliltd.com

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