Residents turned out in force to protect the Last Drop against house building. At the meeting residents were urged to write personal objection letters to Bolton Council’s Planning Dept. 

Residents at the public meeting, held at Bromley Cross Village Hall, made a very public show of support in their objection to housing developments of 98 houses at the Last Drop. Several residents who spoke made it perfectly clear that they still felt let down by the council from ‘stand on the land’ when Barrett built homes and held little hope of defeating this new development from going. They were urged to fight.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-22-21-46Congestion in and out of the village & infrastructure issues were at the forefront of residents concerns, especially after a transport survey which was conducted by the housing developer found ‘no evidence of congestion’. Previous land covenants had been ignored, and it appears that work has already begun on developing the land.

This development of 98 homes is seen as a pre-cursor to the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework which has set out plans to build around 3000 houses across the North of Bolton. It is widely anticipated that 1000 of these will be built in and around Bromley Cross. Residents were urged to to do all they could in objecting to the plans on both the spacial framework and Last Drop developments. It appears the developers are ‘testing the water’.

A Cllr at the meeting stated he couldn’t publicly object to the development incase of pre-determination as he sat on planning, however, changes to the law in 2012 under the localism act means a Councillor can now actively campaign against a development and still sit on planning. [Although two thirds of Councillors still don’t know this].

15th November is the last date to register objections for the Last Drop and this can be done either via email or letter. Personal stories and experiences will add strength to the arguments. You will have to register objections to both Spacial framework and the Last Drop separately. Deadlines to objections to the spacial framework are the 23rd December 2016.

Last drop:
By Post to: Planning Control, Bolton Council, Town Hall, Bolton BL1 1RU
By phone: 01204 336000
By email to: planning.control@bolton.gov.uk

Responses to the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework consultation may be made:
Online at: http://gmsf-consult.objective.co.uk
By email to: GMSF@agma.gov.uk
By Post to: Greater Manchester Integrated Support Team, PO Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA

Feel free to use any of the following objections in your letters:
Permanent Loss:
1. The loss of wildlife, fields and hedgerows. Under the UK Bio Diversity Action plan, councils have a duty to protect wildlife.
2. The loss of valuable, well used, recreational spaces for all ages.
3. Disruption or loss of bridleways and footpaths.
4. There will be vastly more traffic on he roads that at his time are not capable of taking 
that traffic and which are usually in a poor state of repair.
5. There will be a massive strain on the infrastructure, due to the over capacity, which 
will be put on schools, doctors.
6. Loss, on a large scale of food producing fields.
7. Watercourses
8. The pride of a longstanding community in our shared environment.

Negative Impacts:
1. The amount of extra CO2 that will be produced by the 2nd most polluting form i.e. housing
2. Visual impact to the local area & loss of Village Spirit
3. The creation of urban sprawl – (the very thing that green belt land was intended to prevent).
4. Increased risk of flooding by destroying the natural drainage properties of the land.
5. The greed of house builders who have colluded with the Government to over inflate house demands so that shareholders pockets can be filled at the expense of the countryside.
6.  Capital Funding Reductions / Increased Pupil Numbers

Proposed development will have a detrimental impact on both education provision and schools capital budgets, summarised as follows:
• a greater demand on school places – under fives, primary, secondary and special.
• more school building expansions/developments needed at a time when the public/ school finances face sharp cuts in funding over the next decade.
• reduced funding available for RMBC’s current school buildings, many in poor condition.
• detrimental impact on schools with low educational attainment levels.

Building on greenbelt will completely undermine the objective of protecting and enhancing the environment. In addition BMBC is also undermining and contradicting several of its objectives. We urge the council to consider ALL BROWNFIELD sites before building on Bolton’s greenbelt.

Regards

Warren Fox
Bolton Liberal Democrats
Parliamentary Candidate for Bolton North East

Email: warren.fox@bolton-libdems.org.uk
Phone: 07769293002
Address: 9 Stonyhurst Av, Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 7ES

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