The directors of LOGS are delighted that in January 2018 the High
Court has granted us a Judicial Review to challenge the decision
to site the miniature railway on the Menlove Avenue side of Calderstones
Park - specifically the impact on the openness of the Calderstones
& Woolton Green Wedge. This and the Harthill Judicial Review
will be heard at the High Court in Manchester on the 5th and 6th
H = Potential site for housing
R = Potential site for miniature railway relocation.
Judicial Review case CO/4301/2017
An application for judicial review has been issued in the High
Court to challenge Liverpool City Council (‘the Council’)
the granting of planning permission [application 17F/0044]:
“To layout miniature railway comprising railway tracks, train
station, 2no containers and erect a clubhouse with associated parking,
hardstanding, fencing and landscaping” (‘the Development’).
The location is to be in Calderstones Park (‘the Park’)
near the tennis courts. It will therefore reduce the extent of the
LOGS contend that the Council’s planning policy (OE3 of the
Liverpool Unitary Development Plan) has been misinterpreted and/or
misapplied. This development would be inappropriate and would harm
the openness of the Calderstones/Woolton Green Wedge.
Contrary to the Council’s explicit statement in the officer’s
report to committee, LOGS contend that the Council relied upon the
need to relocate the miniature railway to facilitate Redrow’s
Housing Application as a reason to grant the Planning Permission.
It is understood that the first phase of the Redrow Homes scheme
at Harthill is dependent on the successful relocation of the miniature
railway from Harthill to a larger area on the Park next to the old
tennis courts. This location will then create a new private brownfield
site larger than a football pitch on the parkland.
As soon as the miniature railway is relocated then phase one of
Redrow's development can start moving in bulldozers to permanently
destroy the character of the green space on Harthill & Calderstones
parkland. Further phases of the development are planned to follow
- on the land currently occupied by Beechley Riding Stables and
the horse paddocks.
Please consider making a generous donation to the
Save Harthill and Calderstones action fund:
LOGS is a community interest company run by dedicated
It does not operate for profit but for the benefit of the community.