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SAVE OUR VILLAGES (NEWHEY & MILNROW) PROTECT OUR GREENBELT GROUP

 

After hearing about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework planned proposals in October 2016 - this framework is a joint plan for Greater Manchester that will provide the land for jobs and new homes across the city region also including some Greenbelt land - a group of local residents from Newhey and Milnrow came together to investigate further into the GMSF.  The groups’ findings were that a large swathe of Greenbelt land behind Newhey and Milnrow leading from the Junction 21 of the M62 through to Shaw and Crompton was earmarked in the proposed plans for the building of 1500 homes and industrial units on this piece of Greenbelt land.

 

The group of residents, who call themselves Save Our Villages (Newhey & Milnrow) Protect Our Greenbelt group, formed to save our green areas around our villages so that our communities are not swamped by urban sprawl and infrastructure problems building en masse would bring to this area.  This stretch of countryside comprises of farmland, recreational areas, wildlife habitats and public footpaths.  The group has always set out to be politically impartial but at the same time being able to enter into dialogue with all political parties on this subject.  This has been the case with the excellent support given by the Milnrow & Newhey local Councillors Andy Kelly, Irene Davidson and Neil Butterworth.

 

Building on brownfield sites is an alternative to building on Greenbelt land but more ideas are needed and the Save Our Villages group are exploring other avenues to give us a chance of saving our precious green areas around our towns and villages that is so vital for our populations' health and well-being. Our Neighbourhood Planning Conference in July highlighted the idea of perhaps going down the route of a Local Neighbourhood Plan.

SINCE OUR FORMATION IN 2016 OVER 20 MEETINGS HAVE BEEN HELD TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION HERE.

In addition to the above the group have set up our own Twitter account, Facebook page and website, links are below.  The group have recently obtained the assistance of a University graduate to carry out a study on air pollution in the area.  We hope to publish and distribute leaflets in the area and are in the process of writing a newsletter to be distributed in the New Year.

 

A recent statement by the new Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, stated that the GMSF is to be rewritten and that brownfield sites are being considered first for development and regeneration in town centres becoming a priority.  Our hope is that this is a step in the right direction and that our voices and the many people who took time out to object to the proposed plans are being listened to.  An added bonus for our group is that we have two members on the Greater Manchester Save The Greenbelt Partnership that represents all the Save The Greenbelt groups around Manchester and keeps us up to date with relevant GMSF matters.

 

Our group understands that there has to be a forward thinking plan for Greater Manchester that helps our towns grow and prosper over the next few decades and our aim is by negotiation and awareness to protect our countryside for future generations in the new plan. 

 

NEXT STEPS

  • The group to consider looking at the idea of a Neighbourhood Plan
  • Check our Rochdale Councils' Local Plan
  • Await the publication of the Brownfield Register on 31st December 2017
  • Publication and distribution of our newsletter in January 2018
  • 3rd March 2018 Greater Manchester Group - Greenbelt Conference. Looking at solutions and ideas
  • June 2018 release of the new proposed GMSF plan with a 12 week consultation period

 

New members to the Save our Villages group are always welcome.  If you are interested in getting involved then contact us through Facebook or Twitter.  Otherwise you can contact one of the group on:  07833693629  or  07507839894.

 

Members of our group are:  Gerard Booth, Ian Gerrard, Kenneth Hall, Tracey Hartnell-Booth, Jill & Colin Harvey, Judith Jones, Ellen Kay, Geoff Ogden, Julie & Chris Sandham, Esther Towler

 

Facebook link: (https://m.facebook.com/groups/1766783546872144)

Twitter link:  @NewheyMilnrow

Website link:  http://saveourvillagesnewheyandmilnrow.royalwebhosting.net/

 

 

Chris & Julie Sandham

SAVE OUR VILLAGES (NEWHEY & MILNROW) PROTECT OUR GREENBELT GROUP