Bury publishes draft planning blueprint

Bury Council is seeking comments on its Draft Publication Core Strategy, which sets out its vision for development over the next 15 years.

The draft strategy looks at how much housing, employment and retail development Bury needs to accommodate up to 2028 and identifies broad areas of the borough where the council will be looking to encourage this development as well as areas where built development will be resisted.

The paper also contains a series of Development Management Policies that will be used as the basis for determining future planning applications.

The revised strategy has reduced the target number of new homes each year from 500 to 400, and the amount of additional employment development land from 82 hectares to 63 hectares. The strategy also considers the implications of those for the Green Belt and Other Protected Open Land.

Consultation will run from 18 November to 13 January. The revised Core Strategy and its supporting evidence can be viewed or downloaded from the council's web site at www.bury.gov.uk/corestrategy.

The documents can also be viewed at the Planning Division reception (Ground Floor, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury) between 8.45am and 3.30pm (Monday-Friday), Bury Town Hall from 8.45am to 5pm (Monday-Friday) and at Bury's public libraries during their normal opening hours. Specific comment forms and details of how to respond can also be found on the council's web site and at the venues mentioned above.

Your Comments

I am shocked that Bury Council continue to ignore the wishes of local residents and persist in the inclusion of Gin Hall as a site for industrial development. Following the closure of the local reservoir we were told that the land ould be returned to agricultural use but despite enduring years of noise from lorries tipping waste, followed by obnoxious smells and the associated plague of flies we are still in line for industrial developmment. Such development in Walmersley near the motorway junction would also increase the congestion on the main road which is already significant in the area of Bass Lane junction.

By M.A.Cane

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