Frank Field MP
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Ingleborough Road memorial field

In recent weeks Tranmere Rovers’ bid to build up to 90 houses on the historic Ingleborough Road memorial field has not been out of the headlines. The plans were given the go ahead at the end of October, but opponents of the bid promised to fight on.

It’s clearly a very emotive proposal. I can relate to both sides.

Supporters of the bid claim it deliver significant benefits to the local community, including housing provision, modern sports facilities and new jobs. In such difficult economic times this shouldn’t be sniffed at.

The report from the planning commissioners also stated that 84% of nearby households consulted by Tranmere Hall Residents Association supported the development.

But on the other hand, this is of course a site of real historical and emotional importance.

The key issue for me is ensuring that the evidence both for and against the development was fairly presented and considered.

Alun Hughes, Chief Executive of Wirral Methodist Housing Association and an old boy of the Birkenhead Institute, has raised a number of concerns over the planning process and possible conflicts of interest.

I have recently been in conversation with the War Memorials Trust, who have some concerns regarding the way their views on the case were presented to the Planning Committee. I am now following up on this.

For a highly charged issue such as this, with strong views being put forward by both sides, it is crucial that we strive for a fair and balanced decision. 
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