Barbara has spoken out against calls made on Salford Council by a developer for the council to release more Green Belt land for development.
Barbara was commenting on a call made by Peel Holdings for Salford Council to go further with the development of the Green Belt in Salford by releasing the following sites for development:
- 24 hectares of land at Hazelhurst Farm, Worsley
- 85 hectares of land for housing ‘east of Irlam’
- 80-90 hectares of land for employment around City Airport, Barton
The council also indicated that Peel had expressed opposition to their plans to restore 350 hectares of Chat Moss to natural habitat.
Barbara has already objected on behalf of her constituents to proposals in the Council’s Draft Core Strategy to develop Green Belt land at Barton Moss and Greenfield land at Burgess Farm. She has campaigned on behalf of local people for these vital green spaces to be protected. As MP for Worsley, Barbara will oppose any additional development proposals that place Green Belt land under threat. She feels that such proposals could be detrimental to local people.
“I believe that Green Belt land should be protected from development and I have already made my views clear to Salford Council as part of their consultation on the Draft Core Strategy. Proposals to remove further land from the Green Belt are unacceptable – we must protect the “green lung” in our urban areas and not let these areas become used up by urban sprawl.
“These areas are highly valued by people who live near to them – some areas like Barton Moss serve as vital habitat for protected species as well as providing opportunities for leisure and recreation. I have spoken to local people about proposals to develop the Green Belt and it is clear that they feel their quality of life will be harmed if this land is not protected.
“We have to preserve our open spaces. Allowing their removal from the Green Belt could lead to further development and would generate extra traffic and congestion. These ideas could change the landscape of our local area for the worse.
“I will oppose any such plans and continue to campaign for the protection of our Green Belt land and green open spaces.”