After two Public Inquiries following Salford City Council's refusal to allow Peel Holdings to build up to six hundred houses in the Broadoak area of the Worsley Greenway, today the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government dismissed an appeal by the company.
"Overall he finds...that the developments would fragment and detract from the openness and continuity of the Greenway and would cause unacceptable harm to its character and its value as an amenity and open recreational resource" the Government statement reads.
While the report notes other factors too, such as housing land supply, air quality, highways and education, some of which were more significant than others, his overall conclusion was that Peel Holdings' appeal should be refused because of the 'harmful impact' of the development on the "character and appearance, and openness and continuity, of the Greenway".
The community in Worsley is delighted with the result...
"After more than four years of hard work plus two lengthy Public Inquiries and many fund raising activities, RAID have just been advised that the Secretary of State has refused the application by Peel to build hundreds of houses on Broad Oak North and South, on Worsley Road in Worsley" Noel Gaskell from RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development) told the Salford Star
"It shows what can be achieved when the general public put their minds to stopping developments that would cause huge problems to the residents" he added.
Other responses on the RAID Facebook site included... "Amazing"..."Fantastic news!"...and "A triumph for common sense!"
To read the full report from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – click here
For a full background see previous Salford Star article on the last Public Inquiry – click here