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Members' Code of Conduct - Declarations of Interest

Members of the Cabinet are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary and/or any other relevant interest, in connection with any item(s) on this agenda and, if so, to declare them and state the nature of the interest.

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Councillor Stuart Whittingham declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Item No. 2 on the agenda – Core Strategy Local Plan – Review of Development Options by virtue of him being a Board member of Magenta Living.  (Minute No. 17 refers.)  He indicated that he would leave the meeting room whilst this item of business was under consideration.



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Councillor George Davies, Cabinet Member - Housing & Planning (and Deputy

Leader of the Council), said:


Wirral must have a Local Plan. It is a legal duty, and the policy which guides and determines how our Borough can be developed in the coming years. It is crucial our Local Plan is designed based on the unique needs and character of our Borough, and the needs of our residents.”


“The Government have set Wirral a target, which means we must make enough land available to allow for 12,000 new homes to be built in Wirral by 2035. We know, and so do Government ministers, that we do not have enough brownfield or urban land to enable housebuilding of this scale.”


“This is why we will be talking to residents through an extensive programme of community consultation over the coming weeks. We are legally obliged to review our Green Belt land and, while making any of those sites available for development will be our last resort, it has been made unequivocally clear to us that if we do not do it, it will be taken out of our hands.”


“Wirral is blessed with a stunning environment – miles of coastline, beautiful countryside and large areas of open green space. 46% of Wirral is currently classed as Green Belt. We will meet our statutory obligations, we will develop a Local Plan which meets residents’ needs, but we must and will do everything we can to protect the special character of Wirral. This consultation is vital, and I hope every Wirral resident is able to

get involved and make their voice heard.”


Councillor George Davies introduced a report which set out the results of the review of development options approved by the Cabinet before deciding on the sites that would be included for development in the Council’s Local Plan. Appended to the report were:


·  Appendix 1 – Sites Recommended for Consultation for New Housing Development.

·  Appendix 2 – Maps of Housing Sites.

·  Appendix 3 – Sites Recommended for Consultation for New Employment and Mixed Uses.

·  Appendix 4 – Maps of Employment Sites


The Cabinet noted that the review had taken account of:


·  the Council’s latest review of local housing needs (Strategic Housing Market Assessment, SHMA, May 2016), which was reported to the Cabinet in July 2016 and made the subject to public consultation in August 2016).


·  the latest review of housing and employment needs for the City Region prepared by the Combined Authority (SHELMA, March 2018), which was the subject to public consultation in October 2017.


·  The Government’s proposed new method for calculating local housing needs (published for consultation in September 2017).


·  a review of the available urban housing land supply at April 2018 (SHLAA, for which a methodology was the subject to public consultation in July 2017).


·  the publication of the Council’s first Brownfield Land Register in December 2017, following the public consultation and the neighbour notification in October 2017.


·  a Playing Pitch Strategy Update (published in November 2017 and approved by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.