The Department for Communities and Local Government has informed local residents and Councillors that the decision on the independent inspector’s report into the Burgess Farm appeal has been postponed by a few weeks due to local election “purdah”.
The report was due to be published today (16th April), but it has now been put back to the 10th May, after the local elections.
I’m still hopeful for a positive outcome; local residents have clearly indicated that they do not wish the land at Burgess Farm to be developed. It would remove one of the few remaining green spaces in Walkden, and add further stress to highways infrastructure that is already beyond capacity.
Despite being abandoned by the Labour Council, residents put up a strong fight at the inquiry, and I hope that the inspector’s judgement supports local people here in Walkden. I will, of course, make sure that local residents are kept up to date with any further information that I receive.