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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
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