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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
Harthill and Calderstones Park Facebook page
LOGS is a community interest company run by dedicated volunteers.
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