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GREEN OPEN SPACES UNDER THREAT By Councillor Billy Sheerin The Greater Manchester Spatial framework proposal had only been made known to local councillors for a few months This was only relating to the plan, and not the actual proposed designated sites, which our three ward councillors first saw in detail in a drop in session in Number One Riverside on Monday 5th Dec at 5.00pm. It was Jaw dropping for all of our ward Councillors seeing just how much land in our village had been put in the draft proposal. The actual process has been going on for most of this year with landowners all over Greater Manchester being invited to offer their land for development even if it was protected by green belt legislation. This has happened with the land behind my house ( Leander Drive) which was farmland owned by the Brown family who have been trying for many years to get it allocated for residential/industrial use. It has, I believe been sold to either an investor or developer and is now included in the draft proposal. There is a large outcry at the vast scale of the proposal which will affect many, especially with green belt allocation. Brownfield sites are also included but these don't attract developers like an un-spoilt green piece of land and the sad truth is that the government is using the argument of the lack of house building all over the UK to be an excuse to allow building on our precious open spaces. There is an argument that Rochdale currently has over 65% of its borough as green belt land and the proposed allocation will reduce this to around 50% which is still far more than any other local authority in Greater Manchester. However this statistic is irrelevant if it impacts directly on you and your neighbours . It is still a draft and comments that have lodged regarding the first stage on GM Spatial framework website (which closed at midnight on the 16 January) are currently being analysed. The second stage of consultation on expected modifications to the plan will be in late spring and this will allow another raft of objections to be made. The Plan is to satisfy land supply for growth regarding Housing, Industry, and recreational open space, until the year 2035. If you want to be involved in the consultation process regarding the land that is under threat around Castleton there is still time – Using the reference 28.3.4 NG2 land east and west of the A627M (Oldham & Rochdale ) send an email to GMSF@ agma.gov.uk or register on line via the Greater Manchester Spatial framework Portal consultation and this will let you submit comments You will then also receive updates on all what is happening in the process first hand. Please mention the lack of infrastructure if you do use the consultation process it’s the strongest argument against the plan at present Please note, as your Ward Councillor and local resident I am closely monitoring what is happening and will ensure that I keep all property owners on Leander Drive fully informed of any developments. 32 To advertise contact us on 01706 353 729 or email email@example.com
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