Agenda item

Open Forum


Green belt land
Serious concerns were expressed at the last forum about a resubmitted planning application to build a house approximately sixteen times larger than an average sized house on green belt land at the back of land at the junction of Norden Road and Bury and Rochdale Old Road.  Comments were made about the loss of Rochdale’s green belt land and precedent setting for further developments.  A hand out was made available to all giving further detail and location.  There was an overwhelming consensus that this development does not fit any of the criteria to allow it to proceed on green belt land.  The original application was supported by a Planning Officer but was refused at Committee.  Councillor Duckworth put forward a very good case against the development.  The resubmitted application saw a minimal reduction in size only to approximately fifteen times the size of an average sized house.  Field number 574 on the plan is not currently used but does support wildlife.  Any development is a matter of taste, but some considered this proposal resembled a large pre fab and it is totally out of character for the area.

Two hundred and fifty people attended a meeting in November at Bamford Chapel about the Spatial Framework proposals following The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government promoting the sale and use of green belt land.  At this meeting it was very clearly stated by all that the development of green belt land is not wanted in Bamford and that precious green space must be protected.

Another meeting took place last Friday at the Bowling Club when an Action Committee on the development of green belt land was set up and they agreed a full and comprehensive objection report on all points will be submitted.  All were urged in any case to submit individual objections and comments and the importance of so doing stressed to protect the area for our children and our children’s children. There will be media coverage of the campaign.  Councillor Duckworth attended a Greater Manchester Conservative Council Leaders meeting last week at which Tory Mayoral candidate, Sean Anstee, was present.  Councillor Duckworth made very clear his views against the acquisition of green belt land.

All Spatial Framework documents can be views on the Council’s website or in Libraries and the Council’s Spatial Framework consultation events are being held between 3.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at The Phoenix Centre, Heywood, Thursday 8 December 2016 at Milnrow Cricket Club and Monday 12 December 2016 at Middleton Library.

Consultation ends at 5pm on Friday 23 December 2016.  Comments can be submitted to, telephone 01706 924252 or write to Strategic Planning, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU.

The Ward Councillors hold a surgery from 10am to 11am on the first Thursday of each month here in Bamford Chapel (although they often go beyond 11am).  Ward Councillors contact details are available on the Council website:

Councillor Ian Duckworth
Telephone: 01706 648393

Councillor Jane Howard
Telephone: 07870 172144

Councillor Pat Sullivan
Telephone: 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240

Rochdale Borough Council Officers:
Stuart Hay, Township Officer
Telephone: 01706 922230

Diane Lodwig, Crime & Anti Social Behaviour Prevention Officer,
Community Safety
Telephone: 01706 922226