Carr Lane Old Brickworks Site

The old brickworks site adjacent to Carr Lane has been the subject of several planning permission delays and appeals for many years now.

carr lane

Way back in 2001, Wirral’s Planning Department had stipulated a condition on the owners that they had permission to extract clay for a maximum of 11 years. However, in November 2011, the owners applied to have that condition removed

At the time the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority was looking at prospective new sites for landfill and there were strong concerns that the owners of the Carr Lane site were possibly looking at selling the land as a new landfill site – despite its total unsuitability due to the proximity of houses and the prevailing winds. As Councillor Blakeley wrote at the time, “There is absolutely no value in the clay, however there is millions of pounds value in a huge hole that could be used for Landfill.”

Following a successful appeal, it seems the owners were given until 31st March 2015 to submit plans for the “restoration and aftercare” of the site (Condition number 28).

Well, that date has just passed and it would seem that the owners have put in a new appeal / planning application – dated 30th March 2015 – to extend “Condition 28” yet again. APP/15/00473

It’s normally a courtesy (or is it a duty) that the Planning Department notify local Councillors about planning applications but, on this occasion, it seems they’ve been having somewhat secretive talks with the site owners instead.

Be interesting to see how this one pans out!