The past -Prior to the 1960's, Saughall Massie village had largely been an agriculturally based community for hundreds of years. The village buildings were a mixture of tenanted and owned properties, many of which were of great age and partial dilapidation due to neglect by landlords and the economic deprivations resultant from a shortage of money, materials and manpower during and after both World Wars.
In the post WWII period some old buildings within the village were lost to demolition whilst a growing prosperity from the mid to late 20th century allowed for the remaining dwellings to be refurbished and modernised. New properties were built, some on earlier demolished sites, and others on greenfield locations. From 1974 all planning applications have had to comply more closely with WMBC conservation principles.
Trees - Whilst shrubs, hedges and bushes are not protected, most of the larger trees are covered by tree preservation regulations, and should not be pruned or removed without permission from WMBC. For those who have properties that back onto the Arrowe Brook they should note that the boundary of their land is down to the water’s edge and not their fence. Accordingly all trees and shrubs between fences and the brook are in the ownership and responsibility of the adjacent houses. If they in any way impede the flow of the brook or require removal or pruning, residents should contact WMBC for specific approval.
Other planning - Planning considerations are not confined to local private and business applications – the infrastructure intentions of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council are also matters that the Saughall Massie Village Conservation Area Society have challenged from time to time.
Threats to the Green Belt - Saughall Massie Village lies at the furthest extremity of the Wallasey Parliamentary boundary and on the edge of the 'Green Belt'. Developers have expressed interest in building upon some of the surrounding green spaces and any legal changes to existing Green Belt policy will be closely watched.
For planning advice and details of current applications visit – WMBC planning portal