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By pps-planning, Mar 28 2018 08:00PM

The Rooley Moor Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan has just been published for 6 weeks of formal public consultation until 4 May 2018.

The Plan focuses on enhancing and conserving this rural green belt area of north-west Rochdale. In particular the Plan focusses on enhancing and conserving the local landscape and its built heritage and on the promotion of sustainable recreation based on its excellent walking routes and bridlepaths.

To find out more about the Plan click here.

PPS Planning Manchester have supported the Rooley Moor Neigbourhood Forum in consulting with the local community and in the preparation of their draft plan.

By pps-planning, Nov 30 2016 04:00PM

Have your say now before its too late....

There are widespread concerns over the proposed allocation of large areas of countryside for future development.around Royton, Shaw, Rochdale and Middleton.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has (in conjunction with Local Authorities) produced a Draft Greater Manchester Strategic Framework (GMSF) for consultation. The GMSF allocates many sites across the whole of the Greater Manchester Region with the aim of ensuring there is sufficient land for new housing and employment uses to meet future needs of the existing and growing population up to 2035.

It is clear that those needs cannot be met on sites within the urban area and that some green belt sites must be identified for future development. The Draft Framework identifies a focus for employment and housing growth within a ‘Northern Gateway’ focussed on the M62 around Oldham and Rochdale. Whilst the need for some growth is supported, here the extent of proposed green belt release has shocked local residents. Some sites in Rochdale (e.g. Kingsway Business Park) and land south of Heywood will be no surprise, but the extent of the proposals to take land out of the green belt (which currently separates Rochdale, Middleton and Royton) for development is of a scale that has horrified local residents. The area straddles the A627M, extends to A671 in Royton and includes green belt between M62 and Thornham Lane.

PPS Planning Manchester considers that the proposals are too extensive and will harm the strategic role of the green belt in this area, and the setting of Tandle Hill Country Park. We will be preparing a planning case to oppose the allocation in order to assist local residents with their objections.

To view PPS Manchester’s representations, e-mail info@pps-planning.co.uk for a free electronic copy. You can use this document to help you write your own representations.

Submitting your representation

To have your say, go to the GMFS Consultation portal which explains how you can comment on line, by email or by post.

You must submit your representations BEFORE THE 23RD DECEMBER 2016, when the consultation period ends.

The allocation includes large areas of high quality green belt land
The allocation includes large areas of high quality green belt land

By pps-planning, Jul 7 2016 07:02PM

 Cowm Park Way, Rochdale
Cowm Park Way, Rochdale

Housing Approvals

Woodlea Chase, Rochdale. This Cambrian Homes development of 11 detached dwellings (designed by Grosvenor Architectural Design Ltd) is now well under construction. (PPS Planning was appointed to appraise this greenfield site, prepare a Planning Statement, Design and Access Statement.

Cowm Park Way South, Whitworth. Outline planning permission has been obtained for the erection of 3 detached dwellings. The site is now on the market for sale. (PPS Planning was appointed to appraise the site and to obtain outline permission.)

Littleborough Neighbourhood Plan.

Following a major consultation exercise, the Littleborough Neighbourhood Plan is moving forward to policy preparation stage. A Heritage and Character Assessment has been prepared by AECOM and Manchester University post graduate students (SEED) are assessing options and ideas taking account of the community’s views and recent survey work. PPS Planning has been appointed to help the Forum prepare the Plan policies and consullt with the public and relevant organisations.

Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Plan

The Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum is preparing for a launch event to start the preparation of the plan and to consult with the local community. The Neighbourhood Plan is intended to promote heritage and landscape conservation, promote high standards of planning and architecture and promote sustainable recreation and tourism. (PPS Planning has now been appointed to advise and assist the Forum prepare the Plan for this rural part of north Rochdale.) The Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum launch event will take place in Catley Lane Head between 11am and 5pm on Sunday 14th August 2016.

By pps-planning, Apr 21 2016 07:23PM

The Government has published new technical guidance on the Government website. Click here

'Permitted development ' rights allow householders to improve and extend their homes without the need to apply for planning permission where that would be out of proportion with the impact of works carried out.

This technical guidance has been produced to help homeowners understand how they can exercise their rights to carry out development while protecting the interests of their neighbours and the wider environment. It is designed to be used by anyone who wants to understand more about the detailed rules on householder permitted development and the terms used in those rules.

PPS Planning welcomes the new guidance but is concerned that the guidance is not an easy read and is not well presented. The Government's Planning Portal is easier to understand and the service is free. However, homeowners should be aware that in some areas, rights may be restricted (for example if your property is listed or if your rights have been removed by your Council or by the original planning permission). If you are in any doubt, seek professional advice before you start. PPS Planning can help.

Homeowners should also be aware that when you sell your property you may need proof that your extension is lawful. PPS Planning can help you with an application for a Lawful Development Certificate.

By pps-planning, Jul 7 2014 10:06AM

Calling landowners, developers, agents and residents of Tameside.....

Your local council wants to know if you would like to suggest sites for housing development.

This is because the Council is required by the government to identify land to meet the borough’s housing needs over the next 15 years. Government policy requires the Council to identify sites and broad locations and it to ensure a five year supply exists at all times. Sites need to ‘deliverable’ i.e., suitable, developable and available.

The Council has already identified some sites through a Strategic Housing Land Assessment but it needs to update this to identify its 5 year supply and to inform its Development Plan which will allocate sites for housing.

Therefore landowners are invited to suggest sites which are well located and suitable for housing.

Further information can be obtained from the Council’s web site but if you want to suggest a site and need help in making your representations to the Council, contact PPS Planning.

Remember, the best way to realise the development value of your site is to have it identified as part of the Council’s supply or allocated in the Development Plan.

There is not much time for making representations. These must be submitted no later than 5pm Monday 4th August 2014.

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