Protecting the long term future of Fletcher Bank Quarry

The Bury Local Plan: Core Strategy has now been published for consultation by Bury Council. It sets out the long-term vision for the future development of the Borough, including Ramsbottom, to 2029.

The Core Strategy includes a series of policies that set out general criteria against which planning applications will be considered, to ensure the successful implementation of the wider strategic approach, so in essence, this is aimed to be the overall planning guidance for the next 15 years.

At last week’s full council meeting at Bury Town Hall, I requested an amendment to the plan that would prevent any further built development at Fletcher Bank Quarry. The amendment was supported by the other Councillors and has now been added to the Core Strategy.

Other proposals by myself and Bury Conservatives, to protect the Green Belt in our area, including restricting wind farms and halting development at Gin Hall in Higher Walmersley next to the M66 motorway slip road were cynically rejected by the majority group of Labour Councillors.

The Core Strategy will now go out for consultation with residents and will then be sent to the Secretary of State to approve. The Bury Local Plan is unlikely to be approved before September 2014, but hopefully it will useful guidance if and when Peel Environment / Tamar Energy lodge their planning application for the Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Fletcher Bank Quarry.

Fletcher Bank Quarry, Shuttleworth

Fletcher Bank Quarry, Shuttleworth