Planning Application for Hotel and Country Club Withdrawn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Club on land off Ripon Hall Avenue and Haigh Hall Close – on the Whittingham Drive estate in Ramsbottom – have been withdrawn by the applicant – Mr Derek Abbott.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of grounds, including protected trees on the site, the site being too close to woodland, noise and traffic concerns and out of date ecology reports.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.

Your views sought on local Planning – Bury Local Plan

Bury Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan that will guide future building and development in the Borough, including Ramsbottom.

Bury Council are now seeking your views on the key issues that you think the plan should address – including housing, Green Belt, infrastructure etc.

Alongside this, they are undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise.

 

WHAT IS A LOCAL PLAN?

The Local Plan should address the needs of our area and opportunities in relation to housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure.

They should also safeguard the environment, enable adaptation to climate change and help secure high quality accessible design.

The new Bury Local Plan will set out a range of planning policies that will seek to support or restrict building and development up to 2035 and will zone land for specific uses, such as housing, employment and Green Belt.

The Local Plan will be used as the basis for determining future planning applications once it is in place.  It will replace the current Plan which dates back to 1997 and is out of date.

The Local Plan will sit alongside the Greater Manchester Minerals and Waste Plans and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) when that is finalised.

 

 

VIEWING DOCUMENTS

All relevant documentation can be found at www.bury.gov.uk/localplan.  You can also view the Key Issues and Policy Framework report at Ramsbottom Library during their normal opening hours.

COMMENTING ON THE KEY ISSUES AND POLICY FRAMEWORK

Sometimes there will have to be difficult (and possibly unpopular) decisions and trade-offs need to be made.

For example, about a housing policy, green belt review; if jobs growth are part of the strategy, where houses go to meet the needs for employees; how infrastructure will be funded?

One of the most important national requirements set out in the National Planning Policy Framework is the Council’s plan to meet housing need in our area (and sometimes overspill from adjoining areas as well). It should take into account population and household growth projections, migration and also market and economic conditions.

Local plans translate these into policy, including identifying land for housing and employment uses.  Bury Council is required, again by national policy, to identify a five year supply of specific, deliverable housing sites.  This can be the subject of much debate and it will often involve difficult decisions about where it is appropriate for housing to go.

The Council are therefore seeking your views on whether:

  • the “Key Issues” are the right issues that the Local Plan should be seeking to address?;
  • there are any other “Key Issues”;
  • the “Vision” is an appropriate reflection of how the Borough should be in 2035; and
  • the proposed “Policy Framework” is appropriate.

CALL FOR SITES

In addition, the Council are also undertaking a Call for Sites exercise to try and identify land that is suitable for a range of developments and/or for protection.

In particular, they are keen to gather local evidence on any brownfield sites that they may not be aware of that could be used for development.

RESPONSES

Responses by email should be sent to planning.policy@bury.gov.uk.

Alternatively, responses can be returned by post to the following address:

Development Plans Unit, Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Department for Resources and Regulation, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury BL9 0EJ

DEADLINE

The consultation runs over an eight-week period until Monday 2 October 2017.

NEXT STEPS

The next stage will be consultation on a draft Local Plan in early 2018.

 

 

Government turns down expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm

Scout Moor Wind Farm

The Government has refused planning permission for a massive expansion of the Scout Moor wind farm following a public inquiry.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid,  turned down planning permission for a further 14 wind turbines on Scout Moor, above Ramsbottom.

The wind farm is already the largest onshore wind farm in England.  The plans, if approved, would have taken the whole site to 42 wind turbines.

Mr Javid cited the main issues being the character and appearance of the landscape, and heritage assets as the reasons behind his refusal in that the proposed turbines sited near to the edge of the moor would have a “significant adverse effect on the landscape character and visual amenity”.

Mr Javid did not believe the proposed layout would ‘integrate well’ with the existing turbines as the turbines would infill between the existing ones.

Proposed Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension

The plans drew hundreds of objections from residents, Jake Berry MP (Rossendale) and David Nuttall (then MP for Bury North) together with local Councillors and community groups.

Councillor Ian Bevan gave evidence to the planning inquiry on behalf of Ramsbottom residents objecting to the industrial scale of the proposed wind farm when viewed from Ramsbottom.  His speech can be found here: Scout Moor Statement

Further details can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recovered-appeals-a-b-land-at-scout-moor-wind-farm-rossendale-lancashire-ref-a-3139740-b-3139737-6-july-2017

 

Cllr Ian Bevan at the Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension Public Inquiry

Funding for Ramsbottom Groups and Organisations

To all local Groups and Organisations:

For your chance to secure £1,000 of community funding for a project in Ramsbottom, please go to www.theburydirectory.co.uk/thepitch and complete an application.

Please then send your application to socialdevelopment@bury.gov.uk BEFORE FRIDAY 30 JUNE 2017.

All successful applicants must attend ‘The Pitch’ event on 11 July, 5pm at the Derby High School to secure funds.

The Pitch

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: https://planning.bury.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=_BURY_DCAPR_51669

Alternatively, you can email the Planning Department Case Officer, Helen Longworth:  planning.development@bury.gov.uk

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

Please quote reference: 61431

If you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or complete the contact form below.  You can also keep updated by regularly visiting our website.

 

Positive reception on the doorstep around Ramsbottom …

We have visited over 1,000 houses across Ramsbottom over the course of this week.  We would like to thank residents for the very warm reception we have had on the doorstep discussing local issues, concerns and the General Election.

If you were out when we called and would like to discuss any issues, then please use the contact form below …

 

Plans for more homes in Green Belt

Cllr Ian Bevan (centre) with residents and members of the Tanners Area Residents Association

A planning application has been lodged for outline planning permission to build 9 residential homes on Green Belt land off Eccles Street, Tanners.

As residents had concerns about the proposals, a meeting was held of the newly-formed Tanners Area Residents Association at the Rose & Crown on Carr Street last  week to see what could be done to object to the proposals.  Cllr Ian Bevan attended to assist residents.

The site is in the Green Belt and the Ramsbottom Conservation Area. Concerns have also been raised that the proposed homes will create extra traffic and other problems for residents.

Councillor Ian Bevan said: “As someone who is a strong opponent of building on the greenbelt, I object to this planning application for residential homes on land off Eccles Street.”

“Greenbelt policies were designed to prevent the loss of open land, and an area such as this, should be worthy of protection in its own right.

“It is clearly the case that the site plays an important role in safeguarding the countryside in Ramsbottom from encroachment and becoming over-developed.

“It is a valuable piece of land that helps separate this urban area of Ramsbottom from the outlying areas and that its loss to development will significantly harm our town.

“The development would not preserve or enhance the conservation area, and would indeed detract from it.

“My view is that approval of this application would entail serious breaches of the National Planning Policy Framework and policies in the Bury Unitary Development Plan and should be refused by Bury Council.”

I would like to thank all those residents who are organising against this planning application for their hard work and dedication. 

I am urging residents to make their views known to the Planning Department at Bury Council as soon as possible.”

Objections will be accepted right up until the day before the planning committee meets.

The link can be found on the Bury Council website at: https://planning.bury.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

The Planning application number is 61212.

Alternatively, you can email the Planning Department Case Officer, Tom Beirne: t.beirne@bury.gov.uk

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

If any resident does have any queries, please contact Cllr Bevan.

We will be in touch as soon as we have some more news.

 

**Update … Bury Council have refused planning permission for this development. Great news and thanks to everyone that took the time and effort to object to the planning application!

Have your say on Bury Council’s ‘Local Plan’

Bury Council has announced that it is commencing preparation of a new ‘Local Plan’ for the Borough of Bury which will, once adopted, replace the Council’s current ‘Unitary Development Plan’ which dates back to 1997.

The aim of the ‘Local Plan’ is to plan for the future growth and development of the Borough, address infrastructure needs and outline land in the Borough that is either suitable for development, or to be protected (such as Green Belt land).

The policies and proposals that are in the final Local Plan will form the basis for making decisions on planning applications in the future.

The Local Plan will sit alongside the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and the Greater Manchester Joint Minerals and Waste Plans.

National planning policy places Local Plans at the heart of the planning system, so it is essential that they are in place and kept up to date. Local Plans usually require updating in whole or in part at least every 5 years. Bury Council’s last Local Plan was published in 1997.

What is a Local Plan?

Local Plans set out a framework for the future development of the Borough, addressing housing needs, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well safeguarding the local environment.

It should recognise the different types of housing needed in the area and, where appropriate, identify specific sites for all types of housing to meet their anticipated housing requirement over a 5 year period. This should include sites such as apartments, affordable housing, family homes and older people’s housing such as sheltered or extra care housing, retirement housing and residential care homes.

The Council must demonstrate a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites.

Bury Council will publicise the draft Local Plan that they intend to submit to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in due course.

Before they do, they require your input.  If you would like to comment on any local issues for consideration in the proposed Local Plan, such as housing needs, the Green Belt, local infrastructure, flooding etc these should be submitted to the Council before Monday 17 April 2017.

Comments should be sent by email to: planning.policy@bury.gov.uk

Alternatively, comments can be sent by post to:

Strategic Planning and Economic Development, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.

Ramsbottom Library Review – Stage 2

Cllr Ian Bevan outside Ramsbottom Library

Cllr Ian Bevan outside Ramsbottom Library

Bury Council’s Cabinet have released the results of the first round of consultation into the review of the library service across the Borough of Bury, including Ramsbottom.

There are currently 14 libraries across the Borough.

The proposals are to close 10 libraries and keep open 3 libraries (Bury, Ramsbottom and Prestwich) and perhaps retain a fourth (Radcliffe).

The plans, which will go out for a 12 week consultation, are set to be approved for consultation by the Cabinet at its meeting on 25 January 2017.  Details can be found here:

results-of-the-public-consultation-on-the-key-principles-for-the-bury-library-service-and-next-steps

If the proposals go ahead, they would be implemented in July 2017.

To give your opinion, then please contact us, or visit the Bury Council website here: http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12184

 

 

Bury Council – Budget Consultation 2017

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Bury Council’s annual budget currently amounts to £448 million.

Since 2010, local authorities along with other public bodies have been subject to funding reductions so that the Government’s budget deficit can be reduced.

In February 2017, Bury Council must produce its budget for the 2017/18 financial year.  The Council is seeking comments as part of a budget consultation.

It is estimated that Bury Council will have to make cuts of around £32 million over the next three years in order to set a legal, balanced, and sustainable budget.

To provide certainty and stability, Bury Council intend to set a 3 year budget in February 2017, recognising that many service reform measures cannot be implemented in a single financial year, and will need time to develop and bed in.

Gross Budget

Bury Council’s annual budget is £448 million. 

The large budgets are for schools, who receive £163 million; Housing Benefit accounts for £51 million; and Public Health £12 million.

Of the remaining budget, Social Care (for Adults & Children) accounts for up to 60%.

The Council delivers over 150 different services to a population of over 186,000 (approximately 80,000 households) across.

How is the Council’s budget spent?

Costs of key services are summarised below:

  • £2.4 million operating 17 Libraries
  • £460k on Museums, Galleries & Culture
  • £4.0 million collecting your bins;
  • £12.5 million on Waste Disposal
  • £46.8 million on Adult Social Care
  • £10.6 million on Looked After Children
  • £1.2 million supporting sport and leisure facilities
  • £2.2 million maintaining Parks & Open Spaces
  • £6.4 million maintaining the borough’s highways.

Proposed Cuts

Resources & Regulation Directorate – £20 million annual budget.

Services provided by this Department include:

  •  Finance, Human Resources, IT
  •  Housing Benefits / Council Tax / Business Rates
  •  Highways Assets Management
  •  Planning Department
  •  Trading Standards
  •  Property Services

How is it proposed this will be achieved?

  • Reconfiguration of back office services (£900k); the Council operate a range of back office services including Finance, HR, IT, etc – all will be reviewed to ensure that structures deliver increasingly efficient and resilient services making best use of technology.
  • Collaborative Working (£800k); the Council will examine areas where services can be provided collaboratively – working with other local authorities and partner organisations.
  • Rationalisation of Council Property (£500k); the Council will continue to rationalize properties, making further use of technology and agile working practices.
  • Income Generation (£600k); the Council will seek to provide services to Public Sector Partners, trading services inside & outside the Borough (e.g. Payroll & Legal Services).
  • Highways Asset Management (£500k); the Council will review its approach to managing highways, ensuring structures are efficient and resilient, and investment levels are appropriate and affordable.
  • Investment in the Digital Agenda (£400k); the Council will secure process savings through continued investment in new technology.
  • Facilities Management (£750k); the Council will develop a more corporate approach to facilities management, ensuring assets are managed in a more coordinated manner and statutory obligations continue to be fulfilled.
  • Enforcement Functions (£300k); the Council will review enforcement activity.
  • Treasury Management (£1.35m); the Council will continue to generate surpluses by actively managing day to day cash flow, and management of longer term debt / investment portfolio.
  • Other Initiatives (£1.2m); further cost reductions will be generated by reviewing all budget areas over the period to 2020.

Children, Young People & Culture – £35 million annual budget

Services provided by this Department include:

  •  Schools
  •  Children’s Social Care
  •  Cleaning & Caretaking
  •  Culture
  •  Libraries

How is it proposed this will be achieved?

  • Optimisation of External Funding (£600k); proposed changes to external funding arrangements will enable some services currently directly funded by the Council to continue to be operable within these funding regimes.
  • Development of Early Years provision (£1.0m); restructure service provision currently available to all, to a targeted provision available to those in greatest need, mainly through an outreach service.
  • Looked After Children/Fostering (£1.2m); reducing costs of Looked After Children through investment initiatives, such as the Adolescent Support Unit, recruiting additional foster carers / adopters to reduce reliance on independent fostering agencies.
  • Service Reviews (£2.6m); reviews of many services within the department with a view to further cost reductions and service reorganisation.
  • Review of Management and Administrative structures (£730k); reduced costs through further restructuring of management and administrative functions.
  • Other Initiatives (£720k); includes changes in working practices/arrangements and further central relocation of services from outlying buildings.
  • Reduced Pension Liability (£500k); declining number of former employees eligible to belong to the teachers/lecturers’ national pension scheme.
  • Changes to school funding regime (£350k); the Government are devolving the funding for services such as the School Improvement service directly to schools and academies so they can make their own arrangements from their own school resources.

Communities & Wellbeing – £70 million annual budget

Services provided by this Department include:

  •  Adult Social Care
  •  Waste Management
  •  Highways Repairs
  •  Sport & Leisure
  •  Public Health
  •  Environmental Health
  •  Strategic Housing

How is it proposed this will be achieved?

  • Health & Social Care Integration (£5.7m); closer alignment with the NHS to jointly manage demand and future service costs.
  • Review of Operational Services (£2.1m); all operational services to undergo reviews, ensuring services are increasingly sustainable, affordable, and in line with the Council’s vision
  • Review of Leisure & Wellbeing Service (£900k); development of a Wellbeing Service, and working actively towards a significantly reduced reliance on Council support in respect of Leisure Services and Civic Halls.
  • Review of Transport Arrangements (£300k); reviewing the Council’s transport fleet requirements in light of service reviews. Ensuring the most economic approach to procurement and deployment of vehicles.
  • Public Protection & Enforcement (£500k); consolidation of public protection functions, e.g. Environmental Health, Public Health, and optimisation of external grants
  • Housing Related Services (£350k); review of the Council’s housing related services to reduce costs whilst still maintaining appropriate levels of service.
  • Review of Organisational Infrastructure (£2.3m); department-wide review of management structures in light of new service delivery models to reduce costs.
  • Devolution Transformation Funding (£4.0m); use of funding available from Greater Manchester to support delivery of new working models partnering with the NHS.
  • Other Initiatives (£850k); review of other service areas to reduce cost and maximise income generation opportunities.

Extra Income from Council Tax?

The ruling Labour Party on Bury Council anticipate that Council Tax will rise by 1.94% for each of the three financial years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.  In addition, there will be an extra 2% rise to fund Adult Social Care pressures; giving an assumed Council Tax increase of 3.94% per annum.

A 3.94% equates to an increase of £53 per year (roughly £1 per week) for an average “Band D” property.

How can you get involved in the consultation?

Attend a public meeting – Ramsbottom/North Manor/ Tottington Township Forum (Public Meeting) at 7pm on 10 January 2017. Tottington Methodist Church

More details can be found on the Council’s website where you can comment online: www.bury.gov.uk/Budget201720

Email – Budget201720@bury.gov.uk

Write – Budget201720, Bury Council, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 OSW.

Close of Public Consultation – 31 January 2017