Homes to be built at football club site after planning appeal win

Homes to be built at football club site after planning appeal win

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

HOUSES are set to be built on part of a site owned by an amateur football club in Crosby after it won a planning appeal.

Permission has now been granted for six houses to be built on part of the car park at Liverpool Ramblers Football Club on Moor Lane.

A planning application had been refused by Sefton Council in 2020, but that decision has now been overturned on appeal by the planning inspectorate.

The car park will be relocated to the back of the site, which is currently the disused Moor Park Tennis Club.

In rejecting the plans two years ago, the council claimed that “the proposal fails to make a positive contribution to the character of the area.”

As part of its appeal, Liverpool Ramblers had argued that the small housing development would not be out of place and that the vacant tennis court, which has been closed for 12 years, attracts anti-social behaviour.

Helen Hockenhull, the designated planning inspector, sided with the club and granted approval last week.

In a report, she said: “I conclude that the proposed development would not be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area.

She said the tennis courts are “in a poor state of repair, are dangerous to those entering and have been subject to frequent anti-social behaviour.”

Residents who had signed a petition claimed there is a covenant in place that means the land can only be used for “sport and recreation” but the inspector said the covenant does not extend to the tennis courts, which is owned by the council.

She added that the council “given the costs of maintaining the tennis court site and lack of interest from the property market, has reached agreement to sell the tennis courts to the football club, in return for a partial release of the restricted covenant.

“The financial return for the construction of the houses would be reinvested in the existing pitch and facilities.”

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