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PEEL HOLDINGS IN SALFORD GREEN BELT FURY
 

Star date: 20th November 2012

SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING IN CHAOS AS GREEN BELT MAY GO!
COUNCILLORS URGE COMMUNITY OPPOSITION TO PEEL HOLDINGS!

"It is bad news for Irlam & Cadishead" local councillors

Salford Council's future planning document, which protected the Green Belt in the city, has been torn up after the Planning Inspector judged it unsound, under challenges mainly from Peel Holdings. The Council now has to come up with another plan at a minimum cost of £280,000.

Furious councillors from the areas of Irlam and Cadishead have issued a strong statement urging the community to oppose Peel Holdings' plans for housing and warehouses on the Green Belt, which is now in mortal danger…

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Green Belt Land In Irlam
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Councillors from Irlam and Cadishead have issued a statement to their local Community Committee urging people to fight Peel Holdings' plans to build on Green Belt land.

"Peel have just revealed that they want to build on all this land between the A57 and the M62. They want to build warehousing near the airport and 1,400 houses near to Irlam - on golf course land near the top of Fiddlers Lane and beyond. 1,400 houses is the size of two housing estates in Irlam.

"We want the Community Committee to oppose these plans and we will start a petition in January. We will also have public meetings in Feb/March.

"Local Councillors named below do not support this proposed development - in our view it is bad news for Irlam & Cadishead…"

It's signed by Cllr Christine Hudson, Cllr Roger Jones, Cllr Jimmy Hunt, Cllr Tracy Kelly and Cllr John Walsh (with Cllr Joe Kean unable to sign as he's on the planning panel).

The potential Green Belt destruction has come about after the Panning Inspector suspended his hearing into Salford's Core Strategy document, which provides a blueprint for future use of land in the whole city (click here for full background).

Peel Holdings had challenged the original Core Strategy at the hearings, arguing for the release of Green Belt land in Irlam as part of an expansion of warehousing for its yet to be built Port Salford, and for houses in Hazelhurst (see Peel Holdings Hijacks Salford's Future – click here).

Possibly giving into Peel pressure and definitely nodding to Tory minister Eric Pickles' developer free-for-all policy, the Inspector, Richard Hollox, had told Salford Council to come up with a new plan which included more space for warehousing and houses.

At tomorrow's Full Council meeting, councillors will discuss a new approach to future planning with three options, the preferred one being to tear up the Core Strategy and draw up a new Local Plan. At a time of cuts to spending, the cost of this Option 3 would be £280,000 to cover costs of the Inspector's hearings so far and in future. Other Options could cost up to £430,000.

What isn't noted in these figures is the amount it cost to draw up the current Core Strategy which has now been torn up. The Salford Star has issued a Freedom of Information request to try to find out.

Even worse than the amount of public money it has cost from challenges by the likes of Peel Holdings, is the potential loss of Salford's precious Green Belt.

"In order to respond to the inspector's concerns on this issue, it would also be necessary to examine whether exceptional circumstances exist that would justify the release of some Green Belt areas" the Salford Council Report states "…and, if so, the most appropriate sites for release."

The new Plan would take at least four years to be drawn up and approved and, in the meantime, the Report states, "the National Planning Policy Framework provides a strong basis on which to continue to resist Green Belt loss". Except that Eric Pickles and the ConDem Government are tinkering with policy, giving developers a licence to concrete over the Green Belt.

Almost three years ago, when Peel's plans were first rumoured, there were big demonstrations lining Liverpool Road in Barton (see here). On the demo was current Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart (then MP for Eccles), who told the Salford Star…

"Peel…will do what they no doubt sincerely think is in the best interests of both the company and the shareholders – that doesn't necessarily mean the same as what's in the bests interests of local people and their environment…"

Salford Council is in an incredibly contradictory position with Peel Holdings...

• Salford Council's councillors, including an Assistant Mayor, are actively campaigning against Peel's Port Salford expansion into the Green Belt, while Salford Council itself has secured over £30million public funding towards the scheme (see here).

• Salford Council is in bed with Peel Holdings both at MediaCityUK and at its joint venture Salford City Stadium. This morning, Peel and Salford Council have announced plans for a new 43 acre retail park next to the Stadium.

• A few years ago, Peel Holdings held a secret meetings with opposition political parties to try and help unseat Irlam councillor and now Assistant Mayor Roger Jones (see Dance With The Devil click here).

 

alan davies wrote
at 14:27:13 on 23 November 2013
12 months on and we have igas drilling for shale gas and fracking our green belt with the council once again gudging..get some balls salford and say no..
 
Baz White wrote
at 10:31:01 on 23 November 2012
PROOF ONCE MORE , THAT SALFORD CLOWNCIL JUST DO NOT CARE A DAMN ABOUT THE INMATES OF THIS DEAD CITY .
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 06:11:59 on 23 November 2012
I distinctly remember standing and marching side-by-side with Ian Stewart, where we both joined the demonstration against building on Green Belt land. In fact, politicians from all sides supported this campaign as Labour, Tory, Lib Dem and Green Party supporters all marched together. If Salford City Council allow any building on it's green belt, it's councillors and leaders (including Ian Stewart) show they cannot be trusted to look after our city's assets. Remember that.
 
Alison wrote
at 14:37:45 on 22 November 2012
I travel out of Irlam every single day to get to withington. Yes like the rest of you I leave at the crack of dawn just to get through the Barton Stretch Traffic. Coming home exiting of the M60 on a Rugy night is a nightmare sometimes sat in a queue for at least thirty minutes on the slip road. How on gods earth would the road cope with more houses and warehouses and more traffic. There needs to be another way out of Irlam other than the Barton Stretch it is just unreal. Peel Holdings if you want the land you should be made to build another road out of Irlam or direct link to the motorway save us having to sit in mindless traffic day in and day out. And I agree with the comment about about the Rugby on Sunday night I too was sat in that traffic. Salford stadium need to police that area for the traffic issues and pay for it just like MUFC and MCFC have to contribute to Greater Manchester Police for policing games!!!!! rant over!!!!
 
Michael Knight wrote
at 19:16:04 on 21 November 2012
I live in Stretford and feel sorry for the residents of Irlam, I have travelled down that road past the new stadium to get to Warrington etc and it is such a pleasant change from the motorway, but if this plan gets the go ahead along with the new retail/leisure plan next to the stadium, I don't know how that road will cope! It will be gridlock with thousands of new residents, shoppers and trucks trying to get to Warrington, Manchester and the M60. How on earth the M60 is going to cope with all that extra traffic is beyond me, there are already queues on the motorway to get to the Trafford Centre, MUFC etc. There are plenty of brown field sites in all towns that should be used first for housing, there are plenty of sites in Trafford Park(Peel own most of it) for warehousing. Unfortunately with this government and especially Mr Pickles I think Peel will get it's way and eventually there will be no green space between Manchester and Liverpool as a Mega city will be created along the banks of the Peel, sorry Manchester Ship Canal. Build on brown, play on green!
 
Hayley wrote
at 16:38:24 on 21 November 2012
As an Irlam resident I can't believe that anyone is contemplating adding new housing, which means more people and cars, warehouses with endless trucks up and down, plus the stadium and a possible retail park!!! How on earth are we supposed to get out of Irlam each day!! Last Sunday at about 7.30pm I needed to get my daughter to St Marys Maternity Hospital as she was in Labour, no problem we thought on a Sunday at that time... But oh no, the Rugby had just finished and I was gridlocked on Barton Stretch for over 30 minutes. I think it's disgusting the way us residents are paying so much in council tax and road taxes etc, yet we have the worst public transport and access roads out than anywhere else and now you want to add more to it!!
 
Joe O'neill wrote
at 04:35:42 on 21 November 2012
We are monitoring the situation and i will be rising the issue with the Green Party leadership. Peel in our opionion care little for the Green Belt only the loud ringing of cash.What worries me is who we will be fighting, Peel or the Council,it seems thay have danced with the devil for so long i am unsure of what both parties aims are.
 
Royston wrote
at 12:29:15 on 20 November 2012
Having just experienced the terror getting to a Rugby match at the new stadium ( which is great by the way)when only 8,000 people were there I hate to think how the hell we are supposed to cope with a full house at the stadium, 2000 more households ( 1500 plus cars)Plus the new port Salford and god knows how many warehouses with their attendant trucks. I suspect that we will be finding people dead in their cars from lack of food and water long after any matches have finished.
 
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