For six years Barbara has consistently campaigned to protect land at Broadoak in Worsley from development by Peel Holdings who proposed building 600 homes there.
In 2013 Peel’s first planning application to build 600 homes at Broadoak was lodged and Barbara joined with local people to object to this application. In November 2013, the planning application was refused by Salford Council. Another planning application for 165 homes was then put forward by Peel for the same site but this was also refused by Salford Council in 2017. Peel decided to appeal both of these refusals and the case was heard at a Planning Inquiry and the Secretary of State judged that the application should be refused. Again Peel challenged this decision at the High Court in London and on 2 August 2019 Justice Dove ruled to uphold the decisions by Salford City Council.
Barbara spoke at both of the Public Inquiries on these planning applications and objected to the applications, on behalf of constituents, for reasons related to the Unitary Development Plan and the Local Plan; Government Policy to develop brownfield land first; Traffic congestion and the impact of development on that congestion; air pollution and impacts on the health of local people; noise from traffic; the state of public transport in Worsley and the impact of green space on the health and well-being of local people.
The development of this site would have meant the loss of open green space which is highly valued by the community and which is important for the health and well-being of local people.
“I have been campaigning to protect the Worsley Greenway against the threat of residential development since early 2013, and I have spoken at all the Public Inquiries. I am delighted that the High Court has now decided to support the decisions of Salford City Council and the Communities Secretary to reject this development proposal.
“While I have been pleased to campaign alongside local people to protect this green open space, I know that this battle has been costly in both time for the people involved and for the public purse in legal costs. I hope that we can now just enjoy the Worsley Greenway for the recreation and wildlife uses for which we have argued over the last six years.”