Planning application for an electricity generation plant at Fletcher Bank Quarry

Fletcher Bank Quarry, Shuttleworth

UK Power Reserve Ltd have lodged a Planning application for a gas-fired standby electricity generation plant on land at Fletcher Bank Quarry in Shuttleworth.

This follows on from the refused planning application for an Anaerobic Digestion Food Waste Plant on the site which local residents group Ramsbottom Against the Waste Site (RAWS) and your local Councillors successfully fought against.

The lifetime of the proposed Electricity Generation Plant is for a maximum period of 25 years.   The site is located within the Green Belt and is approximately 110m from the nearest residential home on Green Acre Close and can be seen here:

62903 Plan 3

62903 Plan 2

The purpose of the Electricity Generation Plant will be to contribute electricity to the National Grid.  There will also be a battery container which will be charged by the gas generators and will feed electricity, via a private wire, to the cement manufacturing plant.

The Proposed Development will be powered by mains natural gas.

On site there will either be 14 x 1.4MW gas generators, or 10 x 2.0MW generators.

Each proposed generator will be housed within an individual metal container approximately 12.2m x 3.0m x 2.6m and will be finished in a matt fern green. Each container will include a bank of radiators located on the roof, approximately 3.0m high, for cooling the generators together with an exhaust stack of 8.0m from ground level to allow for the dispersion of exhaust gases.

It is proposed to install two storage tanks; one for waste oil and one for fresh oil. Both directly piped into the engine containers with a storage capacity of 5,000 litres. The tanks will measure approximately 2.7m x 1.8m x 1.5m.

In addition there will be three other buildings including a control room and workshop.

We are urging residents to make their views known to the Planning Department at Bury Council as soon as possible as we are very concerned about the rows of potentially noisy and polluting generators that could operate for up to 25 years within the Green Belt and metres from the nearest homes on Green Acre Close, Whalley Road and nearby Peel Brow Primary School.

We have been liaising with the Chairman of Ramsbottom Against the Waste Site (RAWS), Dr Peter Jackson and his colleagues regarding the plans.

A sample objection letter can be found here:

Power Station Objection Letter Bury Planning

The deadline for objections is 13th July 2018.

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

Alternatively, you can email the Planning Department Case Officer at:

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

Please quote reference: 62903

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:







Tomorrow is Polling Day … our Positive Vision for Ramsbottom

Cllr Ian Schofield, Cllr Ian Bevan and Cllr Rob Hodkinson

By Councillor Ian Bevan

It seems a long time ago since I was first elected to represent Ramsbottom on Bury Council. In fact, it was 8 years ago – in May 2010.

My first official ‘event’ was ‘cutting the ribbon’ at the opening of Ramsbottom’s new Children’s Centre opposite the Library. An awful lot has happened since then – both in Ramsbottom and on Bury Council.

Cllr Ian Bevan with parents campaigning to save the crèche at Ramsbottom Leisure Centre

I have introduced proposals – adopted by the Council – to improve transparency and accountability – by publishing online council spending to encourage financial responsibility, improve accountability, and be of substantial benefit to Bury and Ramsbottom residents.

I have consistently asked questions about our town in the Council Chamber, helped fight off the planned fourth supermarket in the town centre, and helped fight numerous planning applications to protect our green spaces and green belt.

The most high-profile of these was the two-year fight against the proposed Anaerobic Digestion Waste Plant planned for Fletcher Bank in Ramsbottom with residents group Ramsbottom Against the Waste Site (“RAWS”).  I would like to personally thank all those involved in that battle with Peel Holdings and Marshalls. It was worth all the hard work.

Residents at the Town Hall Planning Committee Meeting

Ian Bevan being interviewed by TV reporters at the AD Planning Meeting at Bury Town Hall

I have worked with local residents groups and volunteer groups who strive to enhance our town and I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all those volunteers who give up their spare time, week after week, to benefit our town and villages.

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

I have helped hundreds of people with local casework – housing issues, planning, neighbour disputes, parking etc.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone in the Ramsbottom Business Group, Ramsbottom Markets and would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the town – organising events such as the Chocolate Festival and 1940s weekend.

Cllrs Ian Bevan (l) and Rob Hodkinson (r) at Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

In my spare time, apart from my full time job and my young family, I have spent as much time as possible undertaking residents’ surveys, street surgeries and knocking on the doors of people in Ramsbottom with my colleagues, Cllr Rob Hodkinson and Cllr Ian Schofield so that we can take your views back to the Council.

We have had tens of thousands of “hits” on our blog, and thank everyone that has taken the time to read it.

Street Surgery in Morrisons

I have tried to listen, to talk and to engage with as many Ramsbottom residents as possible. That is the real reason why I have thoroughly enjoyed being one of your local Councillors for Ramsbottom.   I have been immensely proud to have done so.

Turning to the local elections tomorrow, you will have the chance to decide who is going to replace me as one of your local Councillors here in Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth and Holcombe.

I always encourage people to spend those few minutes putting their “X” in the box on their ballot paper – whoever they choose to vote for.

Jamie Hoyle, your Conservative Candidate, lives here in Ramsbottom, the town that he grew up in.  Jamie is standing for election because he loves this area.

I, along with my fellow Ramsbottom Councillors, and Ian Schofield are proud to endorse him at this election.

Jamie Hoyle with local Councillors

We have always had a positive vision for Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth and Holcombe.  Quite rightly, Ramsbottom has become one of the best places to live in the country.

It really does disappoint me that the Labour Party, and their candidate in this election, try to run down our town.  They say that it needs “regenerating”.  Towns always adapt to change and Ramsbottom has done better than most in attracting new investment into the town centre.  It has built a solid reputation as a food destination of choice. This is down to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in our town, from residents, retailers and volunteers.

I am fully supporting Jamie Hoyle in this election.  If you elect Jamie Hoyle this Thursday, he pledges to work tirelessly with Cllr Rob Hodkinson and Cllr Ian Schofield to:

Get our crumbling potholed roads repaired.  Residents have said that they have never seen the roads this bad – caused by neglect from our Labour-run Council in Bury;

Protect our Green Belt from development, whilst securing additional homes on our brownfield sites.  The Labour Candidate says that in his opinion, “building on the Green Belt is not the end of the world”.  Our view is that it should be protected at all costs, not just for us, but for future generations;

Promote a long term solution for the Mondi Paper Mill site on Bridge Street, including  a long stay car park.  We have had extensive meetings with the site owners to bring about a mixed development of housing and much needed additional car parking spaces;

Secure a new, state of the art Pool and Leisure Centre in Ramsbottom through the development of a Community Interest Company that can attract investment and re-develop the facilities; and

Promote a vibrant town centre with a long term future.

The reception we have had on the doorstep during this election campaign has been fantastic.  Residents share our positive vision for our town.  On Thursday, you have a clear choice.

Don’t just hope for a better Council. Vote for it on Thursday. Vote for Jamie Hoyle.

Conservative Campaigners on Whittingham Drive

Finally, I would like to thank my ward colleagues and our volunteers for their invaluable help over the last 8 years – for their pounding the streets, delivering newsletters, and obviously for their kind donations to our campaigns; to everyone in Ramsbottom that kindly voted for me and have supported me during my two terms of office, and most importantly to my family for their support.

Thank You.




Promoted by Ian Bevan on behalf of Jamie Hoyle, both of 438 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, BL0 0EG.

Plans to build Retirement Home at Grants Arms, Ramsbottom

Astim Ltd, the company that owns and tried to develop the Grants Arms Bowling Green, has applied for outline planning permission to demolish the rear part of the Grants Arms in Market Place and erect sheltered housing in its place.

The company had previously applied for permission to erection 24 flats on the former bowling green area but this was refused by Bury Council and again refused on appeal.

The company now owns the Grants Arms together with the bowling green and car park.  The company leases some of the car park to Bury Council.

The proposals are to retain the front facade (which is a Grade II listed building) but to build a retirement home at the rear with 28 bedrooms, communal lounges etc.

The site lies within the Ramsbottom Town Centre Conservation Area and the impact of the development on the Conservation Area is a matter of concern to local residents and community groups.

The deadline for objections and comments is Thursday 15 February 2018.

Details and Objections can be filed online here:

Alternatively, you can email: quoting reference 61827.

You can also write to: Bury Council, Planning Control, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.  Please quote the reference: 61827.



Plans for 16 new homes in Shuttleworth

Residents may be aware that a planning application has been lodged for permission to build 16 homes in Shuttleworth, off Spring Street.

I know that residents do have concerns about the proposals and have asked what can be done. The site already has planning permission for existing farm buildings to be converted into homes. This application is to replace all buildings with new homes.

Concerns have been raised that the proposed houses are not in keeping with other local stone built buildings; the proposed access road cuts across the fields (in the Green Belt) and creates a new dangerous junction onto Whalley Road, near the Garic building. Residents are also concerned that if this planning application is approved then further applications could follow for further houses in the future.

Of particular concern will be the removal of parking bays between 181 and 193 Whalley Road, with those properties expected to use a new, unlit, car parking area.

I am now urging Shuttleworth residents to make their views known to the Planning Department at Bury Council – whether you are in support of the application or against it. The deadline for comments is 4th January 2018.

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

The planning application number is 62081

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 the reference: 62081.

If you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Cllr Ian Bevan at


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.