Ramsbottom’s Green Belt under threat?

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllrs Ian Bevan & Rob Hodkinson at Church Fields

Ian Schofield (centre) with Cllrs Ian Bevan & Rob Hodkinson at Church Fields

Ramsbottom Councillors, Rob Hodkinson and Ian Bevan have been 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.

The 10 local Councils within Greater Manchester, including Bury, are working together to produce a joint plan to manage the supply of land for jobs and new homes across Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

They recently asked landowners, including Peel Holdings, which sites locally they think may be suitable for development.

Those sites 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
  • Redisher.

Councillor Ian Bevan commented:

Whilst we do not want to cause alarm to residents about any imminent plans for development on these sites, we want to ensure that residents are aware that these sites could be developed in the not too distant future. 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.”

Ian Schofield, Conservative Candidate for Ramsbottom in the May 5th local elections said:

“What alarms me is that the Labour Chairman of Bury Council’s Planning Committee has said that she would happily build on every green field site in the Borough.  I am wholly opposed to developing Green Belt land.  The Labour Party simply cannot be trusted with our Green Belt!”

Councillor Rob 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 published for consultation in October 2016.  We would ask that residents provide their comments to us at the earliest opportunity.

The sites are:

Church Fields and Tanners

Church Fields and Dundee Lane / Heapworth Avenue

Ripon Hall Avenue

Ripon Hall Avenue

Fletcher Bank and Bury New Road

Fletcher Bank and Bury New Road

Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth

Behind Heatherside Road

Behind Heatherside Road

Redisher

Redisher

Give us your views here:

 

Promoted by Alan Cullens of 1 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0DR on behalf of Ian Schofield of 6 Cheshire Court, Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, BL0 0BL