Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara says racecourse planning decision highlights importance of protecting Green Belt

peel The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham, has rejected the planning appeal on the application for a Racecourse at Worsley.

In a statement this week, the Secretary of State said he agreed with the Planning Inspector that the proposals represented inappropriate development that, if allowed, would cause “very clear and substantial harm to the Green Belt”.

The Secretary of State also agreed that the impact of the development on traffic locally at peak times, for example during sale times at the Trafford Centre or matches at Old Trafford, had not been assessed and that other traffic issues had not been resolved.

Barbara believes the Secretary of State’s decision to protect Green Belt land in Salford shows the importance that should be attached to protecting the Green Belt from development. Barbara has objected on behalf of local people to other proposals by Salford Council to develop Green Belt land at Burgess Farm and Barton Moss.

Barbara said:

“Both the Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State have attached great significance to protecting the Green Belt locally. They said that considerable weight should be attached to the harm that could be caused to the Green Belt and to the openness of the Green Belt by inappropriate development. Many local people have told me that they also value all our Green Belt land and they do not want to see encroachment into it.”

“At present Salford Council are making other proposals which would encroach on the Green Belt. I have made strong objections on behalf of local people to proposals to develop Green Belt land at Burgess Farm and at Barton Moss. Yet, all the same factors apply to those proposals and development for housing and industrial uses is inappropriate in the Green Belt at those places too.

“I hope the Council will now follow the lead made by the decision of the Secretary of State and the Planning Inspector and ensure that they protect the Green Belt at Burgess Farm and Barton Moss.”


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