Peel submits Burgess Farm plans

Michael Hunt

Peel has submitted an outline planning application for development of land it owns at Burgess Farm in Walkden, Salford.

The application was submitted to Salford City Council last Thursday and contains proposals for housing and the creation of a nature park. A public consultation has also been held.

The proposal is to construct approximately 350 family homes and create a nature park on land adjacent to the housing. The overall site area is about 43-acres of which about 31-acres would be developed for housing.

Access to the development will be from Hilton Lane and there would be footpath links to Newearth Road and also to the open land to the west.

Louise Morrissey, director of land and planning at Peel, said: "This is an exciting and imaginative scheme which will provide both aspirational and affordable housing in line with the council's objective of delivering a broad mix of dwellings within Salford. The council has already identified Burgess Farm in its current core strategy document as a site that can help to deliver this objective and this application will help to fulfil the council's aspirations to increase the supply of traditional family housing in Salford."

Your Comments

As a resident in this area I strongly oppose any building on Burgess Farm. The area will not sustain this level of building. The farmer will lose his livelihood and is also opposed to the scheme. This is the only remaining green belt land here. It is scandalous that Peel Holdings should be allowed to ride rough shod over the views of the residents. This application should be thrown out.

By Pat Varley

Your article neglects to add that Burgess Farm is still a working Stock farm with 400 sheep and beef cattle. When we fill our country with houses – how are we going to feed all the people who live in them. Developers please consider that if you have eaten today – you should give thanks to a farmer. This development is strongly opposed by all in the local area for many reasons.

By Wendy Howarth

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