Planning Application lodged for Hotel and Country Club off Whittingham Drive

Councillors – Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson

A planning application has been lodged with Bury Council for permission to build a 23 Bedroomed Hotel and Country Club on land off Ripon Hall Avenue and Haigh Hall Close – on the Whittingham Drive estate in Ramsbottom.

The plan also includes leisure facilities, restaurants, bars, 3 function rooms and car parking.

The site is adjacent to the fields currently used by Brandlesholme Warriors JFC for their football matches.

Cllr Ian Bevan and Cllr Rob Hodkinson commented:

“As your local Councillors, we have consistently opposed development in the Green Belt and on our green field sites.  Ramsbottom’s green spaces needs to be protected from developers and we will strongly oppose this planning application, and do everything possible to stop it going ahead, but we need your help in doing so.

Before releasing green field sites for development, Bury Council should comprehensively prioritise brownfield sites, regenerating our town and stop unsightly derelict industrial areas falling into further disrepair rather than encroachment on our much loved green spaces.

One of the many attractions of Ramsbottom is its location, close to the open countryside and green spaces. There is a great sense of pride in Ramsbottom and its greenery is enjoyed by walkers and joggers, families and dogs. This area is also a designated site of biological importance and home to species of bird, bats, and an enormous number of different types of wildlife which would be adversely affected if this planning application were granted.”

We are urging  residents to make their views known to the Planning Department at Bury Council as soon as possible.

The deadline for objections is 11th June 2017 although objections will still be considered after this date.

The link can be found on the Bury Council website here:

Alternatively, you can email the Planning Department Case Officer, Helen Longworth:

You can also write to:  Bury Council, Planning Control, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.

Please quote reference: 61431

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