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Threat to Woodford Green Belt?

 

In addition to the BAE Woodford which will be the subject of a SPD, four other sites have been identified within or bordering on Woodford for potential development. All these are within existing Green Belt. The sites are:

  • Land at Hall Moss Farm, Hall Moss Lane, Bramhall (Site 009) - click here.
  • Moorend Golf Course, Woodford Road, Bramhall (Sites 013 & 072) - click here.
  • Upper Swineseye Farm, Bridle Way, Woodford (Site 123) - click here.
  • Land adj. 172 Woodford Road, Woodford (Site 149) - click here.

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The options identified by the Council are:


1. To maintain the Green Belt boundary and focus on making effective use of land within

accessible urban areas, with the priority for development on previously developed land.

 

2. Alternatively, to look at the potential for local adjustments to the boundary and ultimately the releasing of land on the grounds of accommodating local needs (e.g. affordable housing / supporting regeneration in Neighbourhood Renewal Priority Areas).

 

The question the Consultation poses is: “Which of the two options identified above should the Council pursue and why?”

 

Woodford Community Council (WCCC) is strongly in favour of Option 1 – maintaining the existing Green Belt boundary, whilst making effective use of land released through the BAE redevelopment.

 

WCC opposes Option 2 since affordable housing is already a planning consideration for the BAE site and Woodford is certainly not a Neighbourhood Renewal Priority Area. The effect of Option 2 would encourage urban sprawl and eliminate green areas between Woodford and Bramhall as well between Woodford and the Poynton/Cheshire East border.

 

What can you do?

If you are a Woodford resident or a local concerned at the erosion of the Green Belt then please comment on the SMBC Consultation Website by clicking here. Note: the Consultation ends on Monday 28th November 2011.

 

Note: Information on the purchase of open land within the Green Belt for inclusion within gardens may be found on the SMBC website. Click here.

 

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