Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara and Little Hulton residents object to Bolton Council’s plans for Cutacre site

MEN profile Bolton Council have put forward a proposal to develop a large-scale industrial park on the Cutacre site near Little Hulton, in place of the promised country park.

The Cutacre site is currently an opencast mining site. When mining is finished the owners, UK Coal, are due to restore the south of the site near Little Hulton to a country park. The north part of the site, near Over Hulton, is due to be restored as an employment site with a hotel and office space/small business units. Now Bolton Council are trying to re-designate much of the Green Belt land at Cutacre as suitable for industrial uses.

Barbara attended a Public Meeting held in Bolton last Wednesday (9th September) at which Bolton Council tried to explain its new policies. However residents at the meeting, including some from Little Hulton, expressed their strong opposition to the plans.

Barbara told the meeting that she and local residents had not been consulted about the proposals. She also said that Little Hulton residents had told her of their fears and concerns about the plans. Barbara has now also met leading Salford councillors to express her concerns and those of residents and to ask for action from Salford Council.

Barbara said:

“Little Hulton residents have told me they don’t want this industrial area and they feel that the plans agreed at the Public Inquiry into Cutacre should still be actioned. There is a lot of public concern about what sort of industry might be developed on what is designated as Green Belt land.

“I have asked Cllr Derek Antrobus for Salford council to make it plain to Bolton that we are sticking by our commitment to the Green Belt. I believe that Salford Council should support its residents in making their views and objections clear to Bolton Council. I feel that we need to keep this open space and that Bolton Council should not be planning to build on the only open space between Salford and Bolton.

“I hope residents in Little Hulton will contact Bolton Council to give their views, before the closing date for comments which is 30th September.”

To view the plans for the site, go to or call the Bolton Council Spatial Planning Team on 01204 333218.

Comments on the Cutacre plan can be sent by email to  or by post to: Spatial Planning Team, 5th Floor, Bolton Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU.

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