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WE'LL SAVE GREEN BELT; Council move to block super surgery bid.

Byline: By KEVIN CORE

PLANS for a super surgery on green belt land could be scuppered.

Despite having had a planning application to build in Arrowe Park refused, Wirral PCT was taking its fight to the planning inspectorate.

Campaigners are now celebrating after Wirral council resolved to never sell or lease the primary care trust the land it needs.

The decision means the PCT would be unable to carry out its plans even if its appeal was successful.

An olive branch was extended to the PCT in the form of discussions regarding an adjacent site in Irby Road, which is not designated green belt.

It is thought however that the PCT view that area as less desirable than its first choice.

Cllr David Elderton, chairman of the council's Planning Committee, said: "The problem for the PCT is that it will already have accrued expenditure on legal advice having to pursue a course to overturn the planning refusal.

"Now it can't possibly have the land, there is no point in wasting further money on advice."

Campaigner Dave Hall welcomed the news, and queried why the step could not have been taken two years ago.

He said: "When this was originally proposed, the PCT said it had the support of people who'd signed a petition saying they wanted the newhealth centre.

"But the petition never mentioned green belt land.

"This is a common sense decision."

The PCT was unavailable for comment last night.

kevincore@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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