News Articles with the tag 'Tranmere Rovers'

Tranmere Rovers' Wilfred Owen memorial field plan halted

Posted: 15/11/2012 09:18 | News Home

The decision to approve an application to build up to 90 houses on the Ingleborough Road memorial field could be "called in" by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The land was formerly part of Birkenhead Institute school and the fields and pavilion serve as a memorial to former pupils, including Wilfred Owen, who died in World War I.

BBC News, 13 November 2012


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Tranmere Rovers' Ingleborough playing field development plans are approved

Posted: 01/11/2012 11:14 | News Home

Plans to develop the Birkenhead Institute's former playing field have been approved. The field is a memorial to former pupils – including Wilfred Owen – who died during World War I.

Wirral News, 31 October 2012

The Wilfred Owen Association objected to the proposal and submitted a consultation response.  Click here to read it.


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Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields redevelopment plans re-submitted

Posted: 23/07/2012 09:46 | News Home

The application to develop Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields in Birkenhead has been re-submitted. 

Tranmere Rovers acquired the land, formerly the school playing field for Birkenhead Institute, from the Council in 1994.  Wilfred Owen attended the Institute between 1900 and 1906.

The Wilfred Owen Association objects to the proposal and has submitted the following consultation response:

"Wilfred Owen Association (WOA) is disappointed to see that this application has been re-submitted without any consideration of our comments on the first proposal. The planning application does not give adequate consideration to the war memorial status of the whole site, or to the question of how  best to sustain the memory of the young students of the Birkenhead Institute who were killed in the First World War.  WOA views the application in its present form as ill-considered. It identifies only the tablet on the pavilion as the war memorial - without regard to the memorial status of the playing field, pavilion and trees - and the simplistic solution offered is that in moving the tablet off-site, the whole memorial status and meaning has been retained. This is not the case as the memorial was meant to be a facility for the young to enjoy sporting life. We, the Wilfred Owen Association, would like the planners to consider a way of sympathetically incorporating the memory of these young men by ensuring facilities for sport and recreation in any development and retaining the commeorative tablet as part of this. This is an important case, since whatever is decided may act as a precedent for future planning applications relating to war memorial playing field sites."

More information on the plans is on the Wirral News website:

See also Daily Telegraph coverage (26 July 2012):


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