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Weʼre raising £2,000 to help fund the campaign to stop the construction of the Hoylake Golf Resort, a new road and 160 band H houses on 287 acres of Greenbelt.

Hoylake, Wirral, United Kingdom

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Wirral Council is proposing to override planning policy to allow a private developer to build a golf resort and luxury housing estate on a huge 295 acres of Green Belt land between Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols.

The development includes a 90 bed - 5 star hotel, conference facilities and spa, 2 golf courses and clubhouses, a links academy, large car park (for 1000s of cars), a new link road, maintenance buildings and, so far, 160 luxury houses and 40 luxury apartments (all Band H).

It is clear that this is, in fact, a Green Belt Housing Development with the “smokescreen” of a Golf Resort attached!

This would set a VERY DANGEROUS PRECEDENT for development on Green Belt Land. Already a developer has submitted plans for a further housing estate in West Kirby adjacent to the proposed Golf Resort! There are other submissions for Green Belt land in Greasby and Saughall Massie.

THE PREFERRED DEVELOPER HAS A DUBIOUS TRACK RECORD

The “Nicklaus” Joint Venture Group (NJVG) is actually a group of developers from South Wales. Jack Nicklaus is not a director but he will be paid a massive fee for designing the golf course. The NJVG has a dubious track record, including a bankruptcy and failing to deliver a promised Hilton Hotel at their previous “resort” development in Llanelli. However they did build 175 executive homes on the site - they then put their housing construction company into liquidation owing over £1million to local businesses. Their other company, which sold the houses, was not affected by the bankruptcy. To date, the promised hotel in Llanelli ,and all the associated jobs and tourism, have failed to materialise.

PLANNING & FINANCE

The development contravenes planning policy. Once planning permission is approved for the Golf Resort Houses, then more houses could be built on Wirral's Green Belt..

Wirral Council is undertaking millions of pounds of cuts to essential services. The Council have already spent £237,000 on the resort. They have just committed to spending a further £600,000 of Council Tax Payers money to undertake surveys and studies ON BEHALF OF A PRIVATE DEVELOPER who then stands to make a massive profit from a luxury housing estate. This spending may not be the last that we are asked to pay for!

Consultants’ reports have stated that the resort IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE without the enabling housing development. In 16 years of trying to promote this resort, the Council has not been able to find a developer until the luxury housing estate was added to the plan. After the tender exercise, all the developers pulled out apart from NJVG.

ENVIRONMENT

The site is on bio-diverse farmland which is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including species of national and international importance. Golf courses are highly mechanised and intensively managed with high volumes of water, pesticides and fertilizers. The proposed course is an American-style parklands resort which will be exactly the wrong kind of habitat for the species which currently use the area as an undisturbed refuge.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAFFIC

The housing development and resort would have an impact on local infrastructure and services (such as schools and GP surgeries). The new Hoylake By-pass will significantly increase traffic from the M53 through Saughall Massie and put pressure on the surrounding area. The developer will not be funding this By-pass - the Council are to seek grant funding or will use the profits from selling the land - for a By-pass that is only being built because the land is being sold!

FLOODING

The site is on the River Birket Floodplain. Over recent years, we have been reminded time and time again of the perils of building on flood plains. Surface water run-off from the large paved areas of the development (car parks, road, large roof areas and the housing estate) will increase flood risk for Meols and Moreton.

CONSULTATION

Wirral Council has undertaken only a weak public consultation exercise. Of the 1400 responses that the Council received, 1311 were either opposed or had concerns. Wirral Council has not consulted the community about alternative options for the site.

JOBS AND TOURISM

Wirral Council states that the resort would promote tourism and provide just 170, mostly low paid, low skilled jobs. We already have plenty of golf Courses on the Wirral. The tourism case is not proven and 5 star resorts are designed to keep tourists “in resort”. The hotel and spa would be a competitor to the businesses in West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols and beyond. The golf resort would be a competitor to many of the hotels, leisure facilities and golf courses in the area, some of which are already struggling.

A recent Council Visitor Study revealed that over 90% of visitors come to the Wirral for the Coast, Countryside, Parks and gardens. Just 0.2% visit for golf!

ALTERNATIVES

Wirral has an outstanding natural heritage, with fantastic country parks and coastline. We should be enhancing what is unique to Wirral and already brings many tourists to the area. The RSPB has membership of over 1 million and is growing. Golf club membership is 700,000 and declining.

An alternative use of the site could be an eco-resort with Martin Mere Style wetlands centre. Martin Mere supports many jobs, boosts the local economy and has 200,000 visitors per year

http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2015/04/wwt-martin-mere-news/martin-mere-worth-millions-to-local-economy/

Investment in jobs and tourism in sustainable projects such as an eco-resort or the Wirral Docklands would provide significantly better outcomes in terms of employment, housing, regeneration and tourism – without destroying OUR PRECIOUS GREEN BELT.

This campaign is intended to show the Council the extent of the local communities’ opposition to its outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money pursuing its “vanity” golf resort and green belt housing development. This is an ill-thought out project, it has unfounded benefits to the people of Wirral and huge negative impacts which would destroy the beautiful character of the area!

Wirral Council is proposing to override planning policy to allow a private developer to build a golf resort and luxury housing estate on a huge 295 acres of Green Belt Land between Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols. We need funds for leaflets, publicity and eventually possible legal action to stop this from happening.

The development includes a 90 bed - 5 star hotel, conference facilities and spa, 2 golf courses and clubhouses, a links academy, large car park (for 1000s of cars), a new link road, maintenance buildings and, so far, 160 luxury houses and 40 luxury apartments (all Band H).

It is clear that this is, in fact, a Green Belt Housing Development with the “smokescreen” of a Golf Resort attached!

This would set a VERY DANGEROUS PRECEDENT for development on Green Belt Land. Already a developer has submitted plans for a further housing estate in West Kirby adjacent to the proposed Golf Resort! There are other submissions for Green Belt Land in Greasby and Saughall Massie.

THE PREFERRED DEVELOPER HAS A DUBIOUS TRACK RECORD

The “Nicklaus” Joint Venture Group (NJVG) is actually a group of developers from South Wales. Jack Nicklaus is not a director but he will be paid a massive fee for designing the golf course. The NJVG has a dubious track record, including a bankruptcy and failing to deliver a promised Hilton Hotel at their previous “resort” development in Llanelli. However they did build 175 executive homes on the site - they then put their housing construction company into liquidation owing over £1million to local businesses. Their other company, which sold the houses, was not affected by the bankruptcy. To date, the promised hotel in Llanelli, and all the associated jobs and tourism, have failed to materialise.

PLANNING & FINANCE

The development contravenes planning policy. Once planning permission is approved for the Golf Resort Houses, then more houses could be built on Wirral's Green Belt.

Wirral Council is undertaking millions of pounds of cuts to essential services. The Council have already spent £237,000 on the resort. They have just committed to spending a further £600,000 of Council Tax Payers money to undertake surveys and studies ON BEHALF OF A PRIVATE DEVELOPER who then stands to make a massive profit from a luxury housing estate. This spending may not be the last that we are asked to pay for!

Consultants’ reports have stated that the resort IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE without the enabling housing development. In 16 years of trying to promote this resort, the Council has not been able to find a developer until the luxury housing estate was added to the plan. After the tender exercise, all the developers pulled out apart from NJVG.

The Council also intends to borrow £26m and then lend it on to the developer; a developer that has a ZERO credit rating.

ENVIRONMENT

The site is on bio-diverse farmland which is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including species of national and international importance. Golf courses are highly mechanised and intensively managed with high volumes of water, pesticides and fertilizers. The proposed course is an American-style parklands resort which will be exactly the wrong kind of habitat for the species which currently use the area as an undisturbed refuge.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAFFIC

The housing development and resort would have an impact on local infrastructure and services (such as schools and GP surgeries). The new Hoylake By-pass will significantly increase traffic from the M53 through Saughall Massie and put pressure on the surrounding area. The developer will not be funding this By-pass - the Council are to seek grant funding or will use the profits from selling the land - for a By-pass that is only being built because the land is being sold!

FLOODING

The site is on the River Birket Floodplain. Over recent years, we have been reminded time and time again of the perils of building on flood plains. Surface water run-off from the large paved areas of the development (car parks, road, large roof areas and the housing estate) will increase flood risk for Meols and Moreton.

CONSULTATION

Wirral Council has undertaken only a weak public consultation exercise. Of the 1400 responses that the Council received, 1311 were either opposed or had concerns. Wirral Council has not consulted the community about alternative options for the site.

JOBS AND TOURISM

Wirral Council states that the resort would promote tourism and provide just 170, mostly low paid, low skilled jobs. We already have plenty of golf Courses on the Wirral. The tourism case is not proven and 5 star resorts are designed to keep tourists “in resort”. The hotel and spa would be a competitor to the businesses in West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols and beyond. The golf resort would be a competitor to many of the hotels, leisure facilities and golf courses in the area, some of which are already struggling.

A recent Council Visitor Study revealed that over 90% of visitors come to the Wirral for the Coast, Countryside, Parks and gardens. Just 0.2% visit for golf!

ALTERNATIVES

Wirral has an outstanding natural heritage, with fantastic country parks and coastline. We should be enhancing what is unique to Wirral and already brings many tourists to the area. The RSPB has membership of over 1 million and is growing. Golf club membership is 700,000 and declining.

An alternative use of the site could be an eco-resort with Martin Mere Style wetlands centre. Martin Mere supports many jobs, boosts the local economy and has 200,000 visitors per year

http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2015/04/wwt-martin-mere-news/martin-mere-worth-millions-to-local-economy/

Investment in jobs and tourism in sustainable projects such as an eco-resort or the Wirral Docklands would provide significantly better outcomes in terms of employment, housing, regeneration and tourism – without destroying OUR PRECIOUS GREEN BELT.

The campaign will show the Council the extent of the local communities’ opposition to its outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money pursuing its “vanity” golf resort and green belt housing development. This is an ill-thought out project, it has unfounded benefits to the people of Wirral and huge negative impacts which would destroy the beautiful character of the area!

ONCE THE GREEN BELT HAS GONE – IT HAS GONE FOREVER!

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  • Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group5 months ago
    Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group

    Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group

    5 months ago

    We have learned that Wirral Council intends to borrow £26 million and then lend this money to the developer! This is despite the fact that the developer has a zero credit rating and has no assets. This begs the question, why does the developer need a loan and why could they not find funding elsewhere? The liability for this loan will rest with the Council, or in other words with us the local rate payers.

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  • Margaret Higginson

    Margaret Higginson

    Jun 18, 2018

    £20 towards your funds

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  • Amanda Jelley

    Amanda Jelley

    Apr 12, 2018

    Good luck with your efforts...

    £20.00

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    Anonymous

    Apr 9, 2018

    Thank you for all the work you ard doing to save this valuable area of Greenbelt

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    Anonymous

    Feb 28, 2018

    So many Ryder Cup golf courses and all with lots of houses and none affordable! At least Bolton has a financially viable company involved unlike Wirral...

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    Feb 6, 2018

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Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group

Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group

Hoylake, Wirral, United Kingdom

The Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group, a fully constituted local campaign group dedicated to stopping the construction of the Hoylake Golf Resort with 160 band H houses and the destruction of our local Greenbelt.

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