Hoylake could see the largest residential development of recent years if a proposed development for Carr Lane is approved.
A scheme incorporating the construction of 62 affordable homes is being proposed on a large area of vacant land off Carr Lane, Hoylake. The site, once home to the Ellerman Lines (a shipping company) social club and subsequently a night club is considered suitable for a development in plans submitted this week.
The plans have been submitted by a company called Kirby Park Limited which has a registered office in Caldy Road, West Kirby. The affordable housing proposed consists of 62 dwellings and include:
- 8 two bed supported apartments within one two storey buildings
- 8 two bed semi-detached and terraced dwellings together
- 46 three bed semi-detached and terraced dwellings.
The proposed dwellings and apartment building are all two storey in height and are traditional designed structures with pitched roofs. The supporting planning documentation is available here.
Is this good news for Hoylake and the local economy or is such a development too large for the location? What do you think? Leave a comment and have your say!
Peter Wilson says
The site is certainly an eyesore as it stands but this is a designated Green Belt site so a housing estate is a bit of a long shot. I suspect more imaginative uses could be found.
Is it true that Manor Rd Station is below sea level? Can’t believe they would build homes there. They will be pumping out the water in 20yrs.
Andrew Gebbie says
Quite apart from the green belt discussion on the building of these new homes, however badly they are needed, is the question of infrastructure – do we have enough schools, doctors, parking spaces and so forth for these new families?
Mike Stone says
You could argue that this is one more example of what Private Eye refers to as “levelling the playing fields”. I’m sure that site is the one originally used by West Wirral Cricket Club as their first ground when they came into being in the 1920s. Subsequently the club changed its name to Hoylake CC, as no-one quite understood where “West Wirral” was.
However, by 1952, the club was having difficulty with the upkeep of the ground, and sold it to Ellermans. The club moved to Paton Field, already the home of the Old Caldeians RUFC, and set up there – as West Wirral CC once more. A further name change followed in 1977, from West Wirral to Caldy CC.
Ellermans clearly invested a significant amount in the Carr Lane ground, as it was subsequently used by Cheshire for Minor Counties cricket between 1957 and 1968. The most famous game played on the ground came in May 1964, when Cheshire hosted Surrey in the first round of the Gillette Cup – a match in which the Surrey opening bowler, David Sydenham, took a 4 wickets in 5 balls, including a hat-trick.
A record of the match can be found at http://stats.thecricketer.com/Scorecards/26/26671.html
Rachel Carr says
I don’t know whether residents are aware but following the plans for the Carr Lane ‘Proposed Affordable Homes’ being rejected by Wirral Borough Council; an appeal has been lodged against the decision but not to the local council but to the Planning Portal in Bristol. It was this department which gave the go ahead for a new Sainsbury’s to be built on the car park of the Red Cat in Greasby – when the local council had already rejected the application. As a resident of Carr Lane I am extremely concerned that the same will happen – people from other regions will have their say over something which does not affect them. I am most concerned about the traffic problems which could be caused by an increase of residents. Through out the day cars queue onto Meols Drive and Market Street when the barriers are down, it is an accident waiting to happen. The traffic report submitted with the planning application was carried out in the summer of 2011, the least busy period possible. As Andrew Gebbie’s comment states ‘the question of infrastructure â€“ do we have enough schools, doctors, parking spaces and so forth for these new families?’ this to me is a major concern which has not been addressed. 62 ‘Affordable Dwellings’ does not only mean 62 extra residents.