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On the 5th & 6th November 2018 LOGS took Liverpool City Council to the High Court in Manchester to challenge the Council’s approved plans to build a housing estate on Calderstones Park and the Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge.

The High Court Judge Mr Justice Kerr, to date, has not made a decision. LOGS are obliged not to make any statements about the Judicial Review until after a court decision is made.

However, in what can only be described as a change of attitude since the legal challenge, on the 14th November 2018 during a meeting of the full Council at the Town Hall, Mayor Anderson stated:

"If Beechley Stables don’t want to move we won’t be forcing them to move – simple as that. If the Model Railway don’t want to move we won’t be forcing them to move – it’s as simple as that. And if we can assist Beechley Stables to giving them the freehold or even giving them the Calder Kids development site then that’s what we’ll do."

“After the Judicial Review, whether it comes down on our side or it comes down on whatever side, we will talk to people and that includes we’ll talk to Beechley Stables and we’ll talk to the Model Railway about what we’ll do in the future but only when that decision is made – and I reiterate we won’t force anybody.”

 


From the 'Mail on Sunday' newspaper 11 November 2018.

Save Calderstones Campaign

LOGS would like to thank the many hundreds of people who have donated to help fund the legal costs and barristers fees in order to mount a robust legal challenge to help save Calderstones Park.

We also thank all those who have freely given their expertise and time for the campaign; LOGS have worked closely with the Save Calderstones Campaign support group whose tireless efforts in both fund raising and awareness raising have been so crucial.


Please give a donation to help fund LOGS ongoing challenges:

If you have problems with PayPal button above please use 'Go Fund Me' for donations:
www.gofundme.com/save-harthill-and-calderstones-park

The best method to make a donation is by direct bank transfer to:

LOGS CIC
(Santander)
Sort Code: 09 01 29
Account Number 12693124
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For international payments:
BIC ABBYGB2LXXX
IBAN GB69 ABBY 0901 2912 6931 24


Court costs and legal fees are expensive and we are continuing to fund raise to help cover the ongoing legal and other costs to save and enhance Calderstones Park and our open & green spaces.


 

LOGS have challenged the legality of plans, approved by the Council, to build a luxury housing estate on 13 acres of protected green wedge - including Calderstones Park and Beechley green space. The openness of our green space and the integrity of Calderstones Park will be damaged irrevocably if any of these building plans are allowed to proceed. The 'orchard' paddocks and former Botanical Gardens (& later green recycling depot) at Harthill are part of Calderstones Park and along with the Beechley horse paddocks these represent an important part of our undeveloped Green Wedge.

These building plans will harm the openness of the Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge and will have a high impact on the character and visual amenity of Calderstones Park.


Loss of Open Green Space and Mature Trees

Calderstones Park is arguably the best public garden in England. It is known for it’s collections of scarce trees and shrubs. If building plans go ahead many tree species will be lost. 105 trees will be felled, many mature trees will be removed or harmed in the building process. Images of some of the trees to be removed or damaged can be found here.

The map illustration below shows the locations of trees planned to be removed or damaged if development plans go-ahead. The Tree Report provided to LCC shows 12 separate areas marked as 'Tree Groups' for removal - there is no identification or lists of trees within these Tree Group areas.

 

Buy an art picture of a tree under threat

Help fund LOGS ongoing challenges and invest in the future by purchasing a museum quality print. These are 'portraits' of trees planned for removal if housing plans proceed. Click here to see pictures and details.


Previous Legal Actions

During 2017 the directors of LOGS kick-started the challenge by funding the expenses of LOGS and we are delighted that the High Court has granted us a Judicial Review to challenge the decision to site a miniature railway, the size of a football pitch, on Calderstones Park and the Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge. Moving the miniature railway from it's existing site is required to allow the first phase of the building development.
See: See a summary of the Miniature Railway Judicial Review application and a map plan of Calderstones Park in context with the northern part of the Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge.



Photographs of the Harthill application site from February 2018

Thank you for your support

Liverpool Open and Green Spaces would like to thank everyone who has already donated to the fighting fund and for those who applied to become a Friend of LOGS. We welcome volunteers who can spare time to help give leaflets to the many people who visit the park who are unaware of the plans to build a housing estate on our popular park.


Capacity turn-out for the Public Meeting on 29th January 2018. Thank you everyone who filled All Hallows Church Hall to hear what can be done to stop the housing estate on Calderstones Park - we received a very positive response. There is no doubt that Calderstones Parkland, green space and the Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge will be damaged irrevocably if these development plans are allowed to proceed.

"They’re trying to build a housing estate on one side of Calderstones Park and a railway on the other. Let’s STOP them! Support LOGS challenge to save our park." Jimmy McGovern (Award winning author who previously helped to preserve part of Calderstones Park).


Details of the planning application for Calderstones: application no.16F/2049 can be found in 'Related Documents' from LCC's Planning Explorer here.

The Save Calderstones Park Campaign have joined forces with LOGS and together with your help we intend to stop building plans on our parkland.

Save Harthill and Calderstones Park Facebook page

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It does not operate for profit but for the benefit of the community.
LOGS are not affiliated to any political party.



This web site was last updated on 10 December 2018