Grants available for local Groups and Projects

As your elected representatives, we have grants available up to the sum of £1,500 for local projects, groups or initiatives that can, or are making a difference to the health and wellbeing of those living within Ramsbottom, Holcombe or Shuttleworth.

If you run, or are part of, a local organisation, project or group and are in need of funds, then please contact us, explaining how your organisation and the people that use your organisation or group will benefit from an injection of funds.

As Councillors, we may use these discretionary funds in any of the following ways:

  1. to spend on a community purpose
  2. to allocate for capital works that are for a community purpose
  3. to allocate to a community organisation.

The three Councillors will work together on a single scheme of funding, or split the funds between different groups.  We want to make sure there is a fair and open process that everyone can see is beneficial to our community.

Please contact us using the link below and we will then obtain further details from you to consider your application for funding.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2018.

Community Engagement in Ramsbottom

Your Councillors recently attended two community engagement events.

The first event, was the ‘Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor Neighbourhood Engagement’ event at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

This was an opportunity for residents, local community groups, local Councillors, businesses and anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the area to get together and help shape our town and villages.

Exhibitors included Bury Council, GM Police, NHS, Friends of Nuttall Park, Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Incredible Edible Ramsbottom and a host of other local groups.


We hope to repeat the event soon.

The second event was a pitch by local community groups for funds from the Council for their local projects.  Bury Council were offering these community groups a chance to secure up to £1,000 each for local projects that actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents within our area.

Approximately 200 residents and groups attended the event at Holcombe Brook Tennis Club and many local groups were successful in obtaining funds.

There will be another round of funding available in Spring 2018.

Should you be involved in a local community group or project in or around Ramsbottom, then please do contact us at for details.

Ramsbottom Neighbourhood Engagement Event

Residents are invited to attend the first ‘Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor Neighbourhood Engagement’ event.

This is an opportunity for residents, community groups, businesses and anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the area to get together and help shape new ways for us to work together to improve our Neighbourhoods.

The event takes place on:

Monday 20th November, 5pm – 7pm

Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS

The event will be an informal ‘drop in’ session providing an opportunity for you to find out more about what is going on in our area and connect with other members of our community.

Exhibitors will include:

  • The Bury Directory
  • Helping Yourself to Wellbeing
  • Street Soccer/Hitz
  • Engagement HQ – online community tool
  • Carers
  • Branding
  • Adult Learning courses
  • Bury Volunteer Rangers
  • Safe Place Scheme
  • Community Help and Information Service
  • GM Police
  • NHS Community Services Bury
  • DCaff
  • Greenmount Village Association
  • Friends of Tottington Library
  • Friends of Nuttall Park
  • Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall
  • Incredible Edible Ramsbottom
  • Physical Activity and Sport Development
  • Making Space
  • Speakeasy
  • Home Instead Senior Care Bury
  • Recycling and Waste Management

…and more

There will be an opportunity to talk with service providers and community groups and speak with your local Councillors and Council Officers about how we engage with you and our community – working together addressing the issues that matter most to us all here in our area.

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.



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.




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


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.


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 by email should be sent to

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


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


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



Outrage as Council close 10 libraries but Ramsbottom library is saved.

Councillors welcome decision to save Ramsbottom library

Opposition Councillors on Bury Council have been unsuccessful in halting the Labour-controlled Council’s decision to close 10 libraries across the Borough and keep open 4 libraries (Bury, Ramsbottom, Radcliffe and Prestwich).

The plans followed a lengthy consultation to which your local Councillors, local groups and the “Keep Rammy Library Safe” group all contributed to save our local library here in Ramsbottom.

Opposition Councillors had “called-in” the decision for review in an attempt to reverse the decision, but were outvoted 5-4 at a meeting of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday evening.

Details of the final decision to close the libraries can be found here:


Call in of Cabinet Decision – Library Review – Outcome of Third Public Survey on Proposed Options an

The library closures will be implemented on 30 September 2017.

Cllr Ian Bevan added “We are very disappointed that the decision has been made to close so many libraries, but I have been assured that Ramsbottom library will gain additional books and adult learning provision may be extended.  I would urge everyone to support Ramsbottom Library to ensure that it remains open in the future”.

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:


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 and complete an application.

Please then send your application to 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

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 …


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:

Alternatively, comments can be sent by post to:

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