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SWINTON GREEN SPACE DEVELOPMENT SEES OVER 300 OBJECTIONS
 

Star date: 9th March 2018

TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AND LOSS OF GREEN SPACE LEAD TO MASS OF OBJECTIONS

Next week, Salford councillors will consider a planning application for 241 houses and a community park to be built on the Campbell Road Playing Fields in Swinton, near Swinton Golf Club.

339 objections have been received, mostly based on loss of green space and the huge traffic problems that would be created.

Full details here...


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A planning application by Bellway Homes to build 241 houses on the Campbell Road Playing Fields in Swinton will be discussed by councillors next week with 339 objections having been lodged with Salford City Council.

The 16.91hectare site, partly on a former sewage works which was demolished in the 1990s, has no formal protection but the Council acknowledges that its Green Space Strategy "identifies the potential of the site and adjoining Council owned land to meet shortfalls of open space provision in terms of strategic natural green space and other recreation standards".

It also notes that, while part of the site "falls within the definition of previously developed land...it is recognised that a large part of the site is not previously developed". The report to be seen by councillors also states that "The site is of local value because it supports semi-natural green space close to a large urban population, providing something of a refuge for local wildlife...

"Locally important habitats on the site include blocks of broadleaved woodland and scattered trees and scrub" it adds "Birds recorded on the site include song thrush, mistle thrush, bullfinch, grasshopper warbler, house sparrow, dunnock, and reed bunting, all species of conservation concern."

Bellway Homes, is proposing to create a 'community park' on the site – but this hasn't stopped objections, which range from "Loss of only area for children and adults to walk and play away from traffic", to "This site is the only green lung we have and its development should be rejected", to "The area already has a community park so the new park would add nothing new and only takes away high quality open space"..."The community park is an offensive attempt to have the houses pushed through..."

Pressure on local public services, like doctors, dentists and oversubscribed schools, were the basis of other objections, while potential traffic problems were also cited by many local residents...

"There is insufficient infrastructure to cope with the volume of traffic that will be created by the development"..."The estate is already used for rat running – with the pressure of additional cars this could cause chaos"..."The preliminary traffic assessment carried out by Bellway was during school holidays which gives an underestimation of the negative impact on traffic any development would have on the road and surrounding streets...."

While there were 339 objections, there were a mere 18 letters of support for the development.

Of the 241 properties being proposed, only twenty will be set aside for social rent, while 19 will be for the more expensive 'affordable rent' (80% of market rent) and 13 for 'shared ownership'. The other 189 properties will all be sold at market rates.

Meanwhile, the Council report states that Bellway will pay the full Section 106 planning obligations of £2,609,168, which will go towards Beechfield allotments and playing fields, Campbell Road Playing Area, improvements to the loopline from Monton Road to Campbell Road and Swinton Centre, and finance either for extending existing schools or towards a new primary school.

From this and previous applications, it appears that the only time the Council gets full planning fees is when it's horse trading Green Belt, Greenfield or Green Space land...

Councillors will consider the application at the Council planning meeting next Thursday 15th March.

Update: 15th March - The decision was deferred pending a site visit

Felsey wrote
at 06:02:04 on 14 March 2018
Apology to Salford Star and to the important article campaigners. Sorry to have been drawn into any kind of verbal. I do accept the week's banning order.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 10:47:23 on 13 March 2018
See comments below from Phil, Felse etc...We really have had enough of this slanging match that has nothing to do with the article. Phil and Felse, you're banned from commenting for a week while you cool off
 
Phil wrote
at 10:45:08 on 13 March 2018
Felsey, You're a fantasist. You're literally the Mayor of Fantasy. And you actually reside on Fantasy Island at Salford Quays. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that your best mate is called Nik Nak. You've just got to get real, okay. Try gulping down an ice cold bottle of "reality". Only someone who is deluded, and seriously deluded at that, could imagine that polling the paltry figure of 55 votes in a by election is some kind of success. That's the equivalent of the Liverpool manager saying that Utd's 2-1 win the other day was really a victory for Liverpool, as they only lost by one goal. In fact if Jurgen Klopp did come out with such an absurdity, there would be more truth in that than in your claiming your 55 votes is some kind of success. As I said previously, by elections have low turnouts. Stand there again at the local election and guess what? That's right, turnout will be 55%, Labour will win by a large percentage of that 55%, and you will still only poll 55 votes. That, my friend, is reality.
 
"Failed to deny"?? wrote
at 13:02:57 on 12 March 2018
What is Felsey on about now? If only 6.7% of voters turned out in Langworthy and Felsey for 55 votes, then , using his logic, what massive percentage said "No to Felse"?
 
Phil wrote
at 12:30:03 on 12 March 2018
Felsey, by elections always have notoriously low turnouts. Come the "real" local elections in a few weeks time and Labour will be getting the majority of the votes cast in what will be overall, a reasonably low turnout of about 55 percent. You, Felsey, will probably lose your deposit, with the absurdly low number of votes that you receive. Maybe that will then put an end to your ludicrous musings on what you will do when you are Mayor, or local Councillor.
 
Felsey wrote
at 10:55:49 on 12 March 2018
At last Phil is getting the message. Fact is your Labour got less than 7% of Langworthy voters to vote Labour. A massive 93.3% said no to Salford Labour. Yesterday my Council Tax bill arrived. A whopping 5.5% increase. Salford Council horrendously failed to deny my Management experience, public sector knowledge and headmaster leadership skills would enable my "Loads of Cash" approach bring up to £800million extra cash into Salford Council. No need for debt loans. No need for Council Tax increases. No job losses. No evictions. Total protrction of all green spaces. A cap on Mayor's pay at £25,000 and £millions into local activities with a wipe out of Salford Students' debt. This year I do predict some sitting Councillors will fail to win their seats. Simple ABC.
 
craig wrote
at 08:09:31 on 11 March 2018
well said to gareth L, spot on there but i will add that the unwanted bus lane on the east lancs road has not helped in anyway with the traffic and those 241 homes will all have cars if not 2 cars per home, it will be chaos.
 
Numpty Council wrote
at 08:09:18 on 11 March 2018
@balkind, why will the council not be transparent and speak to the star? then we would know whats really going on. You say 'wrote' should use his real name and have guts? the council and its officers have no guts or morals. Real names, how about real names used on its documents and comply with the use of electronic signatures rules on its 'Passed of COURT SUMMONS' but then there is a reason for it!
 
Phil wrote
at 08:08:34 on 11 March 2018
Felsey standing in Boothstown won't affect anything. He got 55 votes in Langworthy. In a record low turnout, he polled approximately five percent of the vote. It would be no different in Boothstown. Felsey is Lord sutch, without the fancy dress.
 
wrote
at 08:08:00 on 11 March 2018
The fact is that this area is disused sewage works, which surely comes under the definition of 'brownfield'. The problem is that any development here will place an increased pressure on what are already over-congested roads. Perhaps the problems outweigh any benefit of more housing. The area probably could be better improved, at relatively little expense, as public openspace.
 
George in Labour wrote
at 12:35:20 on 10 March 2018
Felsey standing in Boothtown. Won't that reduce Tory opposition and turn Salford more into a Labour stronghold like Manchester. Labour might decide to support Independent Felsey in this move tactically forcing Tories to fight for Boothtown and can mean the Labour winning another seat in Walkden South. Tories own fault for voting with Labour on the budget cuts. What goes round come round Robin. Salford Tories have lost their purpose. What has the Tories said about any current affairs in Salford Star? Nothing.
 
ian c wrote
at 10:30:55 on 10 March 2018
united utilities tried for planning permission a few years ago but were turned down. they bought and demolished the shops on folly lane at folly brook in the hope of putting an access road in. wait and see if this is the next proposal to ease traffic on thorn road
 
Felsey wrote
at 10:30:47 on 10 March 2018
Thank you Howard for making it clear. I see no comment from Salford Conservatives. Maybe it would wake them up if I stand in Boothstown as independent where I polled 400 votes 12 years ago for Labour. Tories should not think voters will not notice Tory party silence. It is no use being quiet in 2018 as the growing likes audience on Salford Star proves people want answers. Labour is in the same boat. If they do not answer why should anyone vote?
 
Howard Balkind wrote
at 21:49:19 on 09 March 2018
Wrote, you are out of date and you obviously have no guts. Name yourself do not write using an alias.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 19:43:31 on 09 March 2018
See comment below...Councillor Balkind is an Independent until May. He resigned from the Labour Party ages ago.
 
wrote
at 18:54:00 on 09 March 2018
Cllr Balkind - resign and gain objectors' respect if this goes the wrong way. Stand apart for Labour!!!
 
Margaret Richardson wrote
at 17:51:25 on 09 March 2018
At the last public meeting hosted by SOSCA at the Civic Centre at the end of last year, the MAIN objection was NOT to the actual proposed development but rather to MAJOR ISSUES regarding the proposed sole access route via Thorn Road. There was a consensus at the meeting that this proposed access route would be TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE and other well considered suggestions for access were put forward -however we were informed that "access" would not be condidered separately and that we would therefore have to "object" to the WHOLE proposed scheme when in reality the over-riding concerns were regarding proposed "access"
 
Howard Balkind wrote
at 17:50:51 on 09 March 2018
As the local Councillor the above comments are totally incorrect. The commentators should check their facts before they pass judgment. I have been at the forefront of the objections to the proposal. Ask Andrew of Swinton Open Spaces how I have been assisting the objectors. I cannot make next Thursday as I am working in Lincoln. I have sent a very strong e-mail to all members of the planning panel voicing my objection. I know Councillor Watkin is of the same view as me but I doubt that Cllr Fletcher will side with the objectors in any forceful way as she will toe the Labour Party line
 
barry woodling wrote
at 17:50:18 on 09 March 2018
Salford is desperately in need of natural open green space. A decision by the planning authority to allow 241 homes on the former Swinton Sewage works site would represent a mockery of the democratic views of the local community who actively oppose such a development
 
wrote
at 14:30:18 on 09 March 2018
The 3 local councillors should resign if this gets passed. Disgrace the councillors are not listening if they were it would already be a plan in a bin.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 13:16:20 on 09 March 2018
Unfortunately from what I have read this will go through as the local councilors seem to have accepted it. It should not though as Swinton is already congested and has very little green space. Folly Lane is a joke in the morning often with queues starting after the East Lancs Rd all the way to Monton. The area they will build upon is a nice space where one get get away from the noise and pollution of Swinton.
 
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