Some other items from our July Newsletter


We are sorry to report that progress on two major redevelopment projects in Gateacre is taking much longer than previously anticipated.

On the GATEACRE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL SITE in Grange Lane, new government rules mean that demolition of the former school buildings cannot go ahead until explicit 'Section 1 Consent' has been obtained from the government. These rules were brought in nationally to encourage the formation of free schools, academies and university technical colleges. They apply to all school buildings, and the City Council has been told that it may be six months before a decision is made. Meanwhile we have been assured by Council officers that the '200 houses' target for the site is not hard and fast. Apart from the demolition consent which has already been applied for, separate 'Section 77 Consent' will be needed before any of the former playing fields can be disposed of - and this will require community consultation. A new planning application will also, of course, need to be drawn up and advertised before any redevelopment goes ahead.

On the GATEACRE PARK SHOPPING CENTRE SITE in Gateacre Park Drive, the owners Aldi Stores Ltd have found that the process of getting the existing utility services disconnected is not as straightforward as they had hoped, and there is also a major asbestos-removal job to be done before the existing buildings on the site can be demolished. It is likely to be 'months rather than weeks', we are told, before the work is carried out - though the company is under pressure from the police as well as local councillors to speed things up.

Read the Department for Education's guidance on
Sale of School Land
(including Section 1 of the Academies Act 2010),
Playing Fields
(including Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998),
and the Protection of School Playing Fields

On Thursday 26th July, at 7pm, former prefab residents - and others interested in the project - are invited to the Annual General Meeting and social get-together at the Lee Valley Millennium Centre, Childwall Valley Road, Belle Vale, L25 2PR.

We understand that revised plans for the 'care village' off Beaconsfield Road (see last Newsletter) have been received by the City Council: ref. 12F/1571 & 12L/1574. We shall be submitting our comments once the details are known.

To view the submitted drawings and other documents relating to Liverpool planning applications, visit the Liverpool Planning Explorer website and enter the relevant reference (e.g. 12F/1571) into the Application Number box. Then click the 'Search' button. When details of the application appear, click the number, then click 'Related Documents' (at the bottom of the page). To view any of the PDF files listed, right-click on the Document Name and download/save the file in the usual way.

Read more about the
Belle Vale Prefab Project

View a Location Map of the
Lee Valley Millennium Centre

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