Why build a Sainsbury's on Greasby pub carpark

AS A citizen of Greasby, and a member of the local community, I write to ask how it is possible that despite the wishes of the people of Greasby that the Red Cat car park can be sold for the building of a Sainsbury Local?

We are not against the building of new outlets but as has been made clear throughout the application, why a supermarket?

Sainsbury's have a super store approximately one-mile up the road, this is nothing more than them making sure that the opposition don't get in before them.

As I am sure readers are aware, in Greasby there are more than enough shops owned both by local people and national organisations that are supported by the community.

I am incredulous as to how politicians can expect anyone to have any faith or confidence in them or any other local representative of any party regardless as to whether you're a local councillor or Member of Parliament.

Our Prime Minister urges us to get involved and support your local community and our reward is to be ignored and for us to yet again see that big money by a national company takes precedence over our needs and wishes.

P R Williams,
Greasby.

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4:13pm Tue 6 Nov 12

johnbrace says...

Right, a planning application was made to Wirral Council for a retail unit and a vets surgery (APP/11/01418), however it seems the decision was taken out of Wirral Council's hands to decide as they took too long to make their minds up (basically the applicant appealed because Wirral Council hadn't reached a decision within x days of receiving the application) as due in part due to the opposition to it, it had to be decided by the Planning Committee rather than officers.

Wirral Council then decided they were against the application, but by then it was too late and the decision wasn't theirs to make (although it would've been had they got their act together). They asked the Planning Inspector to dismiss the applicant's appeal, but the Planning Inspector sided with the applicant two months ago.

As to the sale of the land, that's a private commercial transaction between the landowner and purchaser, short of making a Compulsory Purchase Order to buy the land themselves, there's little Wirral Council could do to stop that, other than refuse planning permission (see my previous comment on this).
Right, a planning application was made to Wirral Council for a retail unit and a vets surgery (APP/11/01418), however it seems the decision was taken out of Wirral Council's hands to decide as they took too long to make their minds up (basically the applicant appealed because Wirral Council hadn't reached a decision within x days of receiving the application) as due in part due to the opposition to it, it had to be decided by the Planning Committee rather than officers. Wirral Council then decided they were against the application, but by then it was too late and the decision wasn't theirs to make (although it would've been had they got their act together). They asked the Planning Inspector to dismiss the applicant's appeal, but the Planning Inspector sided with the applicant two months ago. As to the sale of the land, that's a private commercial transaction between the landowner and purchaser, short of making a Compulsory Purchase Order to buy the land themselves, there's little Wirral Council could do to stop that, other than refuse planning permission (see my previous comment on this). johnbrace
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12:26pm Wed 7 Nov 12

bigfoot says...

So another reason for Wirral's day to day affairs be taken over by a commissioner.
So another reason for Wirral's day to day affairs be taken over by a commissioner. bigfoot
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7:31pm Wed 7 Nov 12

johnbrace says...

Well the Minister got asked in a debate in Westminster Hall (part of the House of Commons), he said he felt the LGA involvement was what was required, not such drastic measures!
Well the Minister got asked in a debate in Westminster Hall (part of the House of Commons), he said he felt the LGA involvement was what was required, not such drastic measures! johnbrace
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