Star date: 5th February 2013


Last night, over six hundred residents met to unanimously oppose plans by Peel Holdings and Taylor Wimpey to build hundreds of houses on greenfield sites in and around Worsley, Roe Green, Ellenbrook and Boothstown.

A steering group has been set up and people are being urged to join the campaign to fight planning applications which are expected in the immediate future…

See here for full details…

A hint of what was to come appeared last April when a Habitat Appraisal of areas around Worsley was commissioned by Peel Holdings. The study, by Ecological Services Ltd and listing an array of stunning fauna and flora, concluded that "The marketing of 'an excellent network of footpaths and variety of wildlife habitats on your doorstep' would surely appeal to many home buyers'.

The survey didn't state whether building hundreds of homes on the local greenfield sites would harm, and maybe destroy, the `variety of wildlife habitats on your doorstep'.

After the Planning Inspector basically told Salford Council to tear up its Core Strategy which protected much of the city's green belt and greenfield sites (see here), and armed with ConDem Government's free for all National Planning Policy Framework, developers are literally having a field day.

Peel Holdings and developer Taylor Wimpey are planning to build over five hundred houses either side of Worsley Road (Broadoak North and South) in what Wimpey calls its `Garden City' concept. Elsewhere, according to campaigners, there are plans afoot for…

140 houses off Vicars Hall Lane/Highclove Lane, 19 houses on Greylag Crescent, Ellenbrook, 23 houses Simpson Grove, Boothstown, 50 houses off Lumber Lane, Roe Green, up to 200 houses Crossfield Drive, Worsley, 450 houses at Hazelhurst, Worsley, 18 units on Boothstown canal basin, 15 houses off Mesne Lea Road, Worsley, and 60 houses behind Roe Green Cric. Peel Holdings' fingers are in the financial pie of most of the developments.

Last night over six hundred residents packed into St Marks Church, Worsley, to hear the plans and launch a campaign against destruction of greenfield sites. The meeting was called by local Tory councillors but also attended by Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South.

Community leaders, including Andrew Moore from WRAGE (Worsley Residents Against Greenfield Erosion), expressed their concerns about the developments, including increased traffic congestion, and the resulting air pollution, loss of green space and the impact on already overstretched schools.

A steering group is being set up and there was a request for people to come forward who have skills to help the campaign and launch a fund to fight the forthcoming planning applications.

Meanwhile, Taylor Wimpey are holding two sessions of consultation exhibitions on Thursday and Friday this week (7th and 8th February) at the Novotel Hotel on Worsley Brow. Residents are asked to attend to show their opposition to the Broadoak `Garden City' development.
For further information see http://www.broadoakworsley.co.uk/

For further information and news on the campaign see the Worsley Civic Trust website – click here

There is also a WRAGE facebook group which you have to apply to join – see here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/wrage/

The Battle Lines Are Drawn...

A first hand account of the meeting by resident and campaigner Steve Allington...

Several hundred braced the cold and wintry conditions last night to show their solidarity in uniting against the proposed development of 1,600 homes in and around the Worsley, Boothstown and Ellenbrook areas.

The main areas affected would be Worsley Road where up to 600 homes are planned adjacent to Bridgewater School and on the opposite side, effectively linking Worsley Village to Broadoak Park, Crossfield Drive where up to 200 homes are planned on farm land desecrating current woodland walks and 450 homes on green belt land off Hazelhurst Road.

However, not satisfied with concreting these areas Peel and Taylor Wimpey are proposing to put plans in to shoe horn 75 homes into Lumber Lane, Roe Green, and 60 houses behind Beesley Green community centre adjacent to the local cricket and tennis club.

Mention was also made by local councillors of the need to support residents of Irlam and Cadishead who face losing green belt land to 1,400 homes erected by the developers.

The vote in favour of a concentrated protest and challenge to the plans was passed unanimously and a steering group will now mobilise residents, councillors and local community groups to fight the plans.

The first act will be to storm the Novotel Worsley - when Peel Holdings unveil their planned build on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February - and voice dissent.
Peel Holdings and Taylor Wimpey will be left in no doubt that they are not wanted.

Local residents fought off the threat of a racecourse in the village several years back and they are confident they can win this battle. Protesters voiced concern over lack of school places, traffic congestion, air quality, over burdening local NHS dental and GP practices as well as the impact it would have on conservation and leisure activities for Salford residents.

Exiting the meeting, resident Graeme Mooney complained about traffic congestion stating, "Each morning it takes me longer to get onto the motorway driving the 1 mile from my home in Roe Green to the grid locked Worsley roundabout than it does to then drive to my office in Warrington. Where the hell are these extra cars going to go? We have one of the busiest motorway intersections in the UK running through a tiny village".

Meanwhile, our schools are already over subscribed and these plans make no provision for more additional places. Who is going to buy the houses anyway? Worsley is already strewn with overpriced new builds at the Boatyard and Stableford that they can't sell now. Why do we need more?

"Worsley is one of the last tracts of green open space Salford is lucky to possess" said Roe Green resident Steve Rennie "Concreting over, what is a vital green lung of our city is something Peel and Taylor Wimpey should never be allowed to do..."

rob wrote
at 05:13:52 on 14 August 2013
the sheep they did lamb the cattle, graze who would come but a mile to see for it was here, in worsely's almost landlocked history but now from afar our seeing - is done one man, his wealth - our little beauty he's won. we welcome you from far and wide but now it seems we can have something to hide; a precious stone has gone taken in worseley it was from taken from worseley
Sandra Essex town wrote
at 22:58:29 on 24 July 2013
Taylor wimpey planning to build on grade 2 agricultural land in great Dunmow also. It's on edge of old country town and they plan to squeeze housing in, some three storey, on countryside edge of town instead of brown field sites. How many Taylor Wimpey sites are green field and not brown field. Does anyone know.
Common sence wrote
at 08:03:18 on 08 April 2013
So Mr Felse you belive that Peel & Wimpey build social housing do you? Get a grip, they could build a million houses in Salford and it would not affect the housing waiting list. As for more homes = more council tax, what is it that Salford Labour do not understand more people living in Salford also means more to be spent on services. So unless the council are overcharging on council tax the city would be no better off.
Michael Felse wrote
at 21:37:54 on 07 April 2013
Funny, we hear people do not want Peel and do not want Wimpey. 14,000 on Salford Housing list says we have to stop putting up barriers and get on with the job. At the end of this month Eric Pickles will be expected to sign up to the Pendleton homes. Time is right to bury the objector hatchet and get building homes. The more homes the more council tax which is the only way Salford is going to get back to funding essential services for our local society. Believe in the old saying - money does not grow on trees.
george mavrakis wrote
at 18:15:48 on 07 April 2013
I went to the novotel exhibition last night and taylor wimpey admitted its all about money ie they are a business and thsts what businesses do. There are no subsidies to make it worthwhile building on brown sites so therefore they intend to build on green space to make as much money as they can fdom the area. They could not give any positive benefits for the worsley area.
bob wrote
at 09:30:09 on 26 February 2013
If it takes longer to get onto the motorway at worsley from roe green than it takes for the rest of your journey to your office in warrington then wouldn't it make sense to travel down the east lancs and cut through to winwick. Or maybe this person could move house to a place more convenient to his/her work reducing traffic on such congested roads and freeing up a house for someone who needs to be in the area. So less traffic, less need for new homes. A further option......move to urmston. The train runs direct to warrington or you could drive on near empty roads
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 06:16:50 on 18 February 2013
I Understand perfectly. You don't want this development. Great, I Get it. I wonder what Not in my name would say if Peel stuck this development a few miles further up the Canal? Away from Worsley or even Towards Wigan or Bolton perhaps ?, He'd Probably Leap 30 yards cheering :)You could ask for a review (and reading your posts...you would probably win!) It'd be fantastic if you did! and if Green Belt would be saved i'd back you all the way! - Got your petition?..where do I sign? with public backing Any development would have to be on Brownfield sites -, Houses would be safe (Both Physically and Financially) - Perhaps Planning should be notified, and the whole thing scrapped only for it to re-emerge down the canalside in another authority..it'd save us all money from the Section 106 pot. Oh, Sorry - Due to the council love-in with Peel. That's not going to happen, as they'll just fence off the pockets of land and wait...you just need to walk down towards the areas of Peel Owned Land in Central Salford and Manchester to see that. Funny how you never hear the cries of "Unfair!" till its right outside your door...Want my idea ? - Do a "Salford" buy the land you want to save and stick some cows on it - that'll stop them in their tracks.
Not in my lifetime wrote
at 18:32:24 on 17 February 2013
@Brian. I do not have the time, energy, or resource to argue with someone who doesn't even know who they are! Shot down? I'm a realist. I would rather spend my time trying my best to ensure that any development on Peels greenbelt (ideally there won't be any, but the council don't own the land, hence compromise and many other factors will come into play), is done with the least impact on Worsley residents, improves the area and Salfords perception as a whole. Also, for those hardworking people, that any development protects or improves the value of their homes and adds to the area and quality of life (others will invest in facilities if the strategy is right!). In today's financial climate, I would say these are the issues very high on most people's agenda! If you don't understand this, then I've nothing more to say.
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 15:26:22 on 17 February 2013
Hi all, just to clarify (for steven's benefit) Just a Thought has been using My e-mail to purvey his thoughts on the Peel Situation. I'll freely admit - he can be quite...How shall I put it ? "Colourful" ? However, I've just read "Not in my lifetime's" post...Ever get the idea you've shot down your own argument? Name calling is one thing (any evidence? - schoolyard antics IMHO) but clearly if you are just against Peels Numbers in their plans instead of the idea they actually build in the area for "House Prices" - then (Quite Seriously) what's your problem ? - I'm quite sure Peel and their associates will compensate you...It's what they do - and they'll use your council tax (with the monies paid by council)to pay it as well. Lets call it giving with one hand and taking with other. BTW..JAT's angle on the roads must have really rattled you NIML...so i'll offer you a figleaf - I live by the busiest road in Europe (according to DoT), So please don't preach about roads in your area till a there's a number of them going through it (Not exactly going to happen is it??)
Not in my lifetime wrote
at 21:23:29 on 16 February 2013
@Just a thought. You must have been very unlucky in life or a Labour voter ? Why so angry? I'm entitled to my opinion you nut job. You clearly misunderstood my post and respond to it with some pathetic, sarcastic digs about Worsley. I'm not happy about the loss of green areas, far from it, but Peel own the land and if they build a few hundred 7 figure homes, rather than 1600 affordable homes and make money, then that's less impact on the roads and less issues with schooling (which are my biggest issues). It also ensures my lovely expensive home, doesn't lose value and I've worked very hard for it! As have many people in Worsley. Fact is, Salford needs to build on its strengths if it wants to change public perception of it overall. Worsley whether you like it or not, is one of Salfords plus points. My final point is a few extra wealthy people, who look after their homes, spend money in the area, would potentially bring investment and improved infrastructure. Affordable housing brings individuals that don't look after their homes and don't care about the area they live in. Makes sense right. I've plenty of factual evidence ;)
Just a Thought wrote
at 14:07:18 on 15 February 2013
@Notinmyname, you've just illustrated, quite perfectly the reason why the area you live in has the reputation your residents abhor. You say you don't want extra homes in the area unless they are "homes of distinction" (?) i'd just like to know, what classifies as one of these nowadays? I could understand you if you had moaned about the loss of Green Land but Seriously - House Prices? Unless local school children get a job with a six figure salary - could they afford any of the over-inflated prices because they live in their "Patch of Green" ? You could have had a decent road network in Worsley - but again whether it be on an Environmental angle or just plain financial - You fought against it - and won - and now you're moaning about it. Pay for new schools and facilities? I'll direct you to your local representatives (I won't name names) who have been blocking proposals (in Worsley and other districts) for years, unless its in support of Salford's Cromwellian Attitude to education. Finally - when did you gain autonomy from the rest of the city ? - my biggest bugbear with Worsley is its almost split-personality with its location - Calling yourself "Manchester West" is Fine, so long as you put "Greater" in front of it - as that would be Geographically (admin wise) correct. O/S Wise you are in Lancashire - and as for being "in Manchester" itself - you are several miles away. (I forget, in a car it's a short drive!) Of course, When the proverbial hits the fan - "Oh we're from the City of Salford" - Can't you make your minds up ?
Not in my lifetime wrote
at 22:51:23 on 14 February 2013
I have no problem if Peel choose to develop homes that will add to Worsley (& I'm talking about homes of distinction) as long as they cap the number by a significant amount, improve the road infrastructure and pay for new schools and facilities. Sadly they won't do this, they will destroy the jewel in Salfords crown. Worsley could be so much more to west Manchester, than it is now. It has the history, the woods and excellent facilities already, but if Salford council want Salford to grow to be a destination of choice and a desirable place to live it has to look after its best bits. Allowing Peel to destroy it will ruin the City forever.
Liverpool Presrvation Trust wrote
at 16:09:05 on 12 February 2013
http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/peel-holdings-arrogant-bastards.html Liverpool was put on Unesco in Danger List because of Peel Holdings arrogance. We sympathise with Salford Residents.
carol smith wrote
at 20:51:28 on 08 February 2013
I went to the novotel exhibition last night and taylor wimpey admitted its all about money ie they are a business and thsts what businesses do. There are no subsidies to make it worthwhile building on brown sites so therefore they intend to build on green space to make as much money as they can fdom the area. They could not give any positive benefits for the worsley area.....probably because there are none.
salford pimpernel wrote
at 20:45:55 on 08 February 2013
@ wrote, not a developer are we by any chance. unit means we don't give a shit about people ,area's or what people want or think, were here to make money and if the units (people) don't like it who gives a shit were not here for there benefit, just ours, that's what unit means, cold clinical destruction of a community or communities.
Just a Thought.... wrote
at 13:14:51 on 08 February 2013
Worsley girl...I'd LOVE to read your righteous indignation in the Salford (West Manchester) Advertiser but seeing as it's no longer being delivered in the place it actually reports to report from...I'll just have to put up with the web based format. Look forward to you protecting the Services and few green spaces of Eccles, Irlam, Swinton and Salford in the Very Near Future...so long as its not for a politically inspired camera opportunity!
Pam wrote
at 22:27:13 on 07 February 2013
http://www.salford.gov.uk/corestrategy/cd/DJ-DJ04-Taylor-Wimpey-Matter-7-Written-Statement.pdf Why not read what Taylor wimpey really think about our treasured green space. Hands off. No wonder you were so keen to work with the government on the free for all to ravage worsley.
Worsley girl wrote
at 21:13:50 on 07 February 2013
As a resident of Worsley I resent the fact that I appear to have been labelled a "Nimby". I supported, in a number of ways, the plans at Chat Moss and also the racecourse plans, neither of which are in "my backyard". I didn't keep quiet then, rather I supported fellow Salfordians. I would hope that this would be reciprocated now.. These plans are bad for the City of Salford, which already has a bad name outside of the city. You only need to read the weekly Salford Advertiser to see that, almost every week, the photographs submitted are of Worsley, one of the few green areas we have. We will fight this development, not just for the residents of Worsley, but for all the Salfordians who enjoy visiting the area, and for the name of the City of Salford.
Mr Spin wrote
at 21:13:08 on 07 February 2013
@wrote, now look up "sarcasm".
at 15:55:01 on 07 February 2013
unit's just means houses's or flat's
Mr Spin wrote
at 19:27:21 on 05 February 2013
The wording in the picture says it all "120,000 residential units", what the fook is a "residential unit" people want houses to live in not "units", sounds like a farmer talking about how many units he has in his cow shed. Personally i can't wait for the laughable jobs figures Stewart will spin out for this one, every builder, joiner, plumber, or spark who glimpses at the plans for these sites will be counted as a job created, got to be 60,000 jobs that, wouldn't you say so Spinning Stewart?
Gareth L wrote
at 17:11:03 on 05 February 2013
I feel sorry for the residents and as a resident of Swinton whose family home has been totally devalued and is unsellable by the new build of Moorside High School. I wish the protesters luck. But just don't expect anyone to listen to you, expect to be patronised by the developers and ignored by the council planning committee.
Rigglin wrote
at 17:10:57 on 05 February 2013
The development at Vicars Hall Lane may be a desirable site..... until you are down wind of the landfill which is less than 0.5miles away at Higher Green. Good luck to anyone purchasing houses there with the views of the tip and the seagulls! Oh and being on the stirrup brook flood plain..... Fools and their money for houses in Worsley are easily parted.
salford pimpernel wrote
at 17:10:47 on 05 February 2013
@Just a Thought.agree with everything you've said,this is the problem with Salford people don't give a dam, till it effects them personally, "they came for my neighbour and I didn't give a dam, now they come for me, now there's no one there for me".""""""" wake up salford, stop voting LABOUR
Just a Thought.... wrote
at 12:32:45 on 05 February 2013
Ahhh....The Peel Revolution finally lands in Worsley and Walkden. I can understand local's frustration, in a sense I can feel their pain. Loss of Greenbelt when there is already plenty of Brownfield sites nearby is Senseless - but as usual Peel are flexing their financial muscle, One wonders if they've cleaned up the mess at the peat bogs ? but i digress. The Amusing thing is for quite a while Worsleyites have kept silent as developers threw up developments for a fast buck in other areas of the city - true, they raised indignation about the schools/Services facing the chop (but only after the rest of the city had gone through the same process - and their councillors had approved every closure/amalgamation) perhaps they were looking at the rest of the city and thinking I'M OK JACK - so nice when you look from a position of safety...perhaps their councillors won't be too hasty to rubberstamp any deals in future for personal/political gain and whats more they may lose that "Nimby" Tag they've had for most of the years i've been alive.
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