Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – your views wanted

A few days ago the Greater Manchester Combined Authority published their “Greater Manchester Spatial Framework”. The name might be full of jargon but the content is important – it sets out where the Combined Authority thinks that development should take place over the coming years, and the proposals would have a dramatic impact on communities across Salford and especially in the west of the City.

There are some welcome proposals in the document, including further investment in Salford Quays and in transport links. I’m pleased that the Worsley greenway, including under-threat land at Broadoak, is set to be nominated for inclusion within the green belt. However, the document proposed large-scale destruction of green belt and green space in our area, including:

  • designation of all the mossland between Irlam, Cadishead and the M62, for over 2,000 new homes.
  • expansion of Port Salford onto Barton Moss and the golf course.
  • developing green land at Mosley Common west of Ellenbrook, for around 1,000 homes
  • building 1,000 new homes on the beautiful green space between Boothstown and Higher Green (Astley).
  • designating land between Boothstown and the RHS site, for 300 homes
  • allocating green belt land at Hazelhurst in Worsley for around 450 homes.

Our green spaces are precious, and I will always do my best to protect them, working with local Conservative colleagues and residents. I am also still extremely concerned about the lack of infrastructure planning to enable our roads, schools and doctor surgeries to cope with even a fraction of this expansion.

I’ve created a short survey to sample the views of local residents and I’d be most grateful if you could complete the survey – please click. It’ll only take a few moments and includes further details of each proposal and a map.

The formal consultation goes live on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework website from Monday 31st October. Visit the GMSF consultation site. The more responses, the better chance of changes!

New planning application for Holyoake Road

A revised application has been submitted for the vacant land off Holyoake Road, adjacent to Walkden railway station. The planning reference is 16/68126/FUL.

This site already has planning permission for 87 family homes but the land appears to have been acquired by Countryside Properties and their new application is for 123 apartments and houses.

Although I don’t object to the principle of building on this site, I have a number of concerns about this revised application and will be making a strong objection on behalf of residents. I’m particularly worried about the proposals for new apartments which would have a significant negative impact on nearby homes. Countryside do not have a good track record on building aesthetically pleasing apartment blocks – their new build on the old Klyne & Klyne site is truly appalling.

I’m keen to hear the views of neighbouring residents – drop me a line on