Frankby green belt stables row reignited

WIRRAL householders have relaunched their fight to prevent a stretch of green belt land from being used for development.

More than 500 people signed a petition last November to stop plans to build a new stable block and car park on land at Hillbark Road in Frankby.

The application was later withdrawn but has now been altered and re-submitted to Wirral Council.

The revised scheme, which would be for the private use of two local families and their friends, has seen a reduction in the number of proposed stables from 14 down to eight.

Car parking space has also been condensed while the field’s entrance gate would be enlarged to step up visibility for drivers.

But nearby householders still oppose the plans and are concerned about the affect the scheme could have on the local area.

They believe access through a lane called “The Nook” will create problems for residents and lead to traffic hazards.

Protestor Sheila Shone said: “The main reason for our opposition to these plans is obviously the matter of building on green belt land. But we are also worried about the applicants wanting to use this lane for access to the stables.

“The Nook is not a proper road and is not wide enough – this has not been thought through properly.”

According to planning documents, both families have a “keen interest” in horse riding and they are looking to provide a safe environment where their children can spend their free time.

The application states although they had initially hoped for an extra six stables, they have taken views of residents and planning officers into account and have amended the original proposals.

Agents CW Jones said: “The Nook and Hillbark Road are equally available to gain access to the land and always have been. The applicants have taken on board the neighbours’ concerns including highway issues and the number of stables.”

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6:59pm Thu 17 Jan 13

horsesavvy says...

Dear Wirral Globe
With regards to the stables to be built in Frankby, may i add that the lady in question whho started the petition against it is the same lady who was outbid for the said land in which is next to her property and whom herself has horses and was wanting to use it along with the already 3 acres she has next to her property. She was outbid on the Land at Auction.For her to say there are enough horses in the area i think is Perhaps a matter of
" Sour Grapes;me thinks"
Dear Wirral Globe With regards to the stables to be built in Frankby, may i add that the lady in question whho started the petition against it is the same lady who was outbid for the said land in which is next to her property and whom herself has horses and was wanting to use it along with the already 3 acres she has next to her property. She was outbid on the Land at Auction.For her to say there are enough horses in the area i think is Perhaps a matter of " Sour Grapes;me thinks" horsesavvy
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4:46pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Equi-Specialist says...

Sour Grapes? Hmm from whom I would question! First of all I would have my facts straight. None of the people who started any of the 5 petitions bid on the land and neither do any own any other parcels of land near their property, or land near the plot in question. I should want to be careful of facts in case of libelous remarks here. It does seem to me as if this is a simple case reasonable suitability. In the planning of this scheme, have the owners of this plot ensured that they have acted reasonably in their considerations of the local area and residents, and is the scheme suitable for the plot and area? Answer, well…No and Yes. To be fair an equestrian facility is suitable for this piece of land in this area but there have simply been no proper considerations given to the local area and residents. There has been no proper communication channels open between the local residents and the land owners, and this consultation should have been done long before any planning application. Queries about drainage, The Nook road condition, entrances to the field, access during the construction, for farriers, vets, dentists, deliveries etc + many others, should have been discussed and dealt with months ago. The planners do have a policy to look positively on development, but in my opinion, in this instance, it can not be condoned to simply buy a field and do want you want with it. Then to complain when objections are received is simply naive at best.
Sour Grapes? Hmm from whom I would question! First of all I would have my facts straight. None of the people who started any of the 5 petitions bid on the land and neither do any own any other parcels of land near their property, or land near the plot in question. I should want to be careful of facts in case of libelous remarks here. It does seem to me as if this is a simple case reasonable suitability. In the planning of this scheme, have the owners of this plot ensured that they have acted reasonably in their considerations of the local area and residents, and is the scheme suitable for the plot and area? Answer, well…No and Yes. To be fair an equestrian facility is suitable for this piece of land in this area but there have simply been no proper considerations given to the local area and residents. There has been no proper communication channels open between the local residents and the land owners, and this consultation should have been done long before any planning application. Queries about drainage, The Nook road condition, entrances to the field, access during the construction, for farriers, vets, dentists, deliveries etc + many others, should have been discussed and dealt with months ago. The planners do have a policy to look positively on development, but in my opinion, in this instance, it can not be condoned to simply buy a field and do want you want with it. Then to complain when objections are received is simply naive at best. Equi-Specialist
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