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Newsletter Summer 2016

   

BROADOAK PARK  -  SECOND PUBLIC INQUIRY


There is to be a second public inquiry in relation to a proposed building development comprising of up to 650 dwellings, a canal marina, retail and café premises and associated works on Broadoak Park, an area between Worsley Road and the Bridgewater Canal, east of Worsley Village.

After having the initial planning application refused by Salford’s planning panel, Peel appealed that decision and this led to the first public inquiry being held in June 2014. The Inquiry Inspector concluded that the appeal should fail and the Secretary of State agreed. Peel then challenged the decision in the High Court. The High Court quashed the initial planning refusal and passed it back to the Secretary of State to reconsider. He decided that there should be a second inquiry. 

On the 13th July 2017 a pre-inquiry meeting was conducted by a new Inquiry Inspector to determine certain aspects in relation to the inquiry.

We have been informed this week (16th August 2017) that the inquiry has been postponed until possibly February 2018 and will still be held at the Novotel, Worsley.

It will run for the four weeks, (as requested by Peel,) from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10am and 5pm. The Inspector agreed to hold at least 2 evening meetings for local people, who work in the daytime, to attend and speak. 

Salford Council’s position all along has been to protect the Worsley Greenway and, therefore, the reason for the refusal of the initial application. Peel maintain that Salford needs to provide new housing and this site will provide much needed ‘aspirational’ homes for the Salford City area.

In the meantime Peel produced a new amended plan to the initial application shortly before the pre-inquiry. It included the provision of a site for a new primary school and fewer houses. There was a lack of detail which was promised at a later date. This raised the question of whether the inquiry would be about the original refused planning application or whether this new application should be put forward for consideration at the new inquiry. 

On the 20th July this year Peel submitted a separate planning application for the same Broadoak site for a new smaller scale development of 165 houses. This was also refused by Salford Council’s Planning Panel. Now Peel want this application for the 165 houses to be considered at the forthcoming inquiry. The reasons given were to save public money and RAID’s time.

The Inquiry Inspector has some difficult decisions to make as to the scope of this new inquiry.

Local community groups under an umbrella organisation called RAID (Residents against Inappropriate Development) will be making representations at the inquiry about traffic, pollution, education, the marina and public transport. Other issues include the environment, wildlife, bio-diversity, health, recreation and flooding. 

There is much negotiation to take place between Salford Council and Peel before the inquiry to produce a statement of common ground before the beginning of the Inquiry. 

It is important that as many of the public attend as possible so that the Inspector sees the level of interest local people have. Any amount of time you could give to support the local community groups would be much appreciated.


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SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL APPROVES GREEN BELT ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDEN BRIDGEWATER

On the 6th April 2017 the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) secured planning consent for a new 63-hectare garden on a green belt site in Salford, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the scheme had 'strategic significance' to the city and the North West of England.

In June the Secretary of State ratified the Council’s decision.

FOR A VIEW OF THE PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY THE RHS WHICH WAS PASSED BY SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL CLICK HERE.


Most recent artist impression of the Walled Garden area.



          

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