Planning Application for Hotel and Country Club Withdrawn

Councillors – Ian Bevan and Rob Hodkinson

A planning application 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Club on land off Ripon Hall Avenue and Haigh Hall Close – on the Whittingham Drive estate in Ramsbottom – have been withdrawn by the applicant – Mr Derek Abbott.

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

Over 500 objections had been lodged by Bury Council.

The decision to withdraw the planning application comes just days before planning officers were expected to refuse planning permission for the site based on a number of grounds, including protected trees on the site, the site being too close to woodland, noise and traffic concerns and out of date ecology reports.

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 such as here at Ripon Hall Avenue.”

Ramsbottom’s green spaces needs to be protected from developers. We have strongly opposed this planning application and done everything possible so far to stop it going ahead.  We are very pleased that the applicant has decided to withdraw his planning application and hope that no further application will be lodged in the future.”

“Before releasing green field sites for development, Bury Council should prioritise brownfield sites, regenerating our town and stop unsightly derelict industrial areas falling into further disrepair rather than building 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 have been adversely affected if this planning application had been granted.