Ramsbottom Councillors, Rob Hodkinson and Ian Bevan are alerting residents of several sites in Ramsbottom potentially being earmarked for development, including the Church Fields site, following the publication of a list of local sites being considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Currently, the 10 Greater Manchester councils are working together to produce a joint plan (the “Greater Manchester Spatial Framework” (GMSF)) whose aim is to manage the supply of land for jobs and new homes across Greater Manchester.
The GMSF will identify the land that Greater Manchester needs to meet demand for housing and business development and will help manage the supply of land across the city-region.
This will include:
- Determining how many new homes and how much land will be needed for new jobs over the next 20 years, as well as identifying locations or areas for development.
- Identifying infrastructure (transport links and public services) required to support development
- Identifying ways to protect the city-region’s green spaces alongside development
Once the GMSF is approved and adopted, Bury Council will then provide more detailed local planning policies in their Local Development Scheme.
The GMSF team issued a ‘call for sites’ last year. They asked landowners, including Peel Holdings, to identify sites locally that they think may be suitable for development – for employment or housing.
Those sites have now been published (see maps below) and include much loved sites in Ramsbottom at:
- Church Fields (adjacent to St Andrews Church),
- Fletcher Bank Quarry,
- Land off Bury New Road,
- Land between Dundee Lane and Heapworth Avenue
- Land to the rear of Heatherside Road,
- Land to the rear of Spring Street in Shuttleworth,
- Ripon Hall Avenue, and
Councillor Bevan commented:
“We do not want to cause alarm to residents about any imminent plans for development on these sites, but want to ensure that this process is open and transparent so that residents are aware that these sites could be developed in the future and can make their views known to us as their local elected representatives. Our concern is that if some of these sites are approved as suitable for development at a Greater Manchester-wide level, it could later be difficult for any planning committee in Bury to refuse planning permission for that land to be developed.”
Councillor Hodkinson commented:
“Whilst these sites do not currently have planning permission, and I understand that Bury Council is not forming any view at this stage on whether those sites will be suitable for development, any sites assessed as appropriate for development will be included in a draft GMSF that will be published for consultation in October 2016. We will keep an eye on this and would ask that residents provide their comments to us at the earliest opportunity.”
Give us your views here:
The GMSF map showing the sites is on the following link:
The locations are here: