Liverpool City Council and Redrow Homes Ltd to appeal
Both the City Council and Redrow (appellants) have
given notification that they are appealing against the High Court's
ruling by Mr Justice Kerr to quash the Harthill and Calderstones
Park development scheme. Redrow and LCC are appealing together as
main parties to reverse the court ruling from stopping inappropriate
building on the Green Wedge. In particular, the Green Wedge that
is continuous green space from Calderstones Park to Woolton in Liverpool.
LOGS legal team are responding to support Mr Justice Kerr's ruling
and we can say no more at the present time.
In an email sent to councillors on 22 February 2019, Liverpool council
chief executive Tony Reeves wrote:
"I am writing to let you know that the city council has
now lodged an appeal over the Harthill scheme, because of the wider
ramifications it has for planning policy nationally.
We are appealing to get clarity on the wider issue, so everyone
involved in the planning process, whether it is developers, councils,
landowners or local residents, has clarity around how planning applications
for development on green wedge should be assessed." Source:
see Liverpool Echo feature - 22 Feb 19.
The Defendant (LCC) and interested parties (1) Redrow Homes Limited
and (2) Arthur Brooks (on behalf of Merseyside Live Steam and Model
Engineers) request for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal was
made on 18th January 2019 on the basis that the learned judge made
an error of law in allowing the Claimant’s (LOGS) first (Heritage)
and fifth (Interpretation of UDP Green Wedge policy OE3) grounds
SAVED CALDERSTONES PARK - Celebrating Victory
Judge overturns consent for Redrow scheme. During the Judicial Review
on the 5th & 6th November 2018 Liverpool City Council's barrister
agreed that Harthill is part of Calderstones Park.
Outside the Old Bailey Court after judgment
was made public on Friday 18th January 2019.
Left to right: Eric Smith (LOGS director), John Davies
(LOGS director), Caroline Williams (Save Calderstones Park campaign),
Robin Makin (Solicitor) and Sean Best-Barton (LOGS director).
Liverpool Open and Green Spaces Community Interest
Company (LOGS) are delighted to have been successful in the judicial
review cases. LOGS agree with and welcome Mayor Anderson's prompt
"The first thing to say about today's Judicial
Review statement is that the Harthill scheme is dead. It will not
be resurrected. In any form." (see
mayoral statement in full)
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
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.
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
These building plans will harm the openness of the
Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge (Policy OE3) 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.
Buy an art picture of a tree at Calderstones
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
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).
The Save Calderstones Park Campaign have joined
forces with LOGS and together with your help we intend to stop
building plans on our parkland.
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to save and enhance our open & green spaces.
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This web site was last updated on 10 March 2019