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Appeal: Restoring illegal landfill site would ‘harm green belt openness’

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Plans to restore a former illegal landfill site in the Merseyside green belt by importing 273,000 cubic metres of soil have been refused after an inspector decided that the new landform would harm the area’s visual openness.

The site had been used as a landfill by Liverpool City Council since the 1960s, but by the late 1980s it was being used for illegal tipping of construction waste. Following various unsuccessful applications to reclaim the land, an enforcement notice was served in the 1990s ordering the removal of illegal waste to restore openness, but enough time had passed for the development to become immune........
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