THE FUTURE of a huge development site may be thrown into doubt as the government is poised to refuse part of its sale.
It is understood the Department for Education (DfE) is set to reject Liverpool council’s request to allow the playing fields of the former Croxteth Comprehensive to be sold.
The playing fields cover about one fourth of the huge Stonebridge Cross site, off the East Lancs Road.
The site had been earmarked for a huge warehouse by online retailer Amazon, which is currently considering a move to the city.
If the retailer decides to build on the site it could create up to 1,000 jobs.
But a crucial part of the parcel of land is the playing fields of Croxteth Comprehensive, which closed in 2010.
A source said that a key figure at DfE had told the council it would not be granting permission for the playing fields to be sold – blocking the development of part of the site. But DfE insisted no decision had yet been made.
We understand the council has not yet received official confirmation of the refusal.
Local ward councillor Peter Mitchell said he was troubled by the possible set-back.
He added: “It would be disappointing as this could potentially cause a blockage in bringing jobs and opportunity to the area, as jobs change lives.
“Part of the council’s role is to give people the opportunity to change their lives, so we need to work this out.”
Liverpool council believes it may still be able to persuade the DfE to approve the future sale, as it has committed to providing alternative facilities elsewhere.