An interesting publication by Dr Quintin Bradley
Whilst the Greenbelt campaign has been successful, we need to think about how look forward.
We believe that we should try to future-proof the Area [Slattocks; Stakehill; Thornham Fold].
The Government has given us the tools so we can do this through the Locality Act 2011, with Neighbourhood Planning.
Setting up a Neighbourhood Forum and Plan Area is the way forward.
With a Neighbourhood Forum and Plan we can do our best to influence and shape planning in our Area.
Local residents have formed a Neighbourhood Forum and applied to Rochdale Council to have it officially recognised [designated – is the official term], along with a Neighbourhood Plan Area.
The name “Thornham St John’s Neighbourhood Forum” [TSJNF] has come from our using the local parish boundary. This was decided on as appropriate as it was a long established boundary line with only minor adjustments, due to the M62 at Trows and housing on Rochdale Road opposite Cardinal Langley School.
Below is our designation statement to Rochdale Council and Plan Area map.
If you live in the Area outlined on the map and are interested in becoming a member of the Forum, email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
The Government has published [24 July 2018] it’s new planning rule book – the NPPF.
The link below is a critical assessment, but positive and negative, of the Framework and provides a few points of note on the Greenbelt.
Thanks to Shanita Lee for sharing this with us.
Just a reminder to support local businesses so that they don’t disappear.
Remember Slattocks Post Office? Yes, it’s gone
Let’s make sure we don’t lose any more local businesses and amenities, particularly those run by local residents.
To name but a few: The Ship Inn, Tandle Hill Tavern & Hopwood Arms; Tetlow’s milk delivery; Dickinson’s egg supply & skip hire; Stakehill Nursery; Smalley Hall [for events, clubs & meetings]; Thornham Cricket Club; Greenwood’s & Hollingworth’s groundwork contractors.
If we’ve missed anyone then email: greenbelt @slattocks.com – and we’ll update this list.
Rumours abound that developers are taking a closer look at land in the Slattocks.
SOS-Save Our Slattocks understands that until the next draft of the GMSF is published [expected June 2018], then the developers via their agents are just ‘testing the water’.
The questions that residents are asking are:
- Are local landowners willing to sell?
- Has Rochdale Council been approached for approval?
- Is there a need for large-scale development in the area?
SOS-Save Our Slattocks believes that only very limited development is right for Slattocks & Stakehill.
We want the greenbelt and open space where we live to be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years ahead and not become more clogged up and built up in the name of progress.
We’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know when we have more information.
Until then, tell us what you think at our Facebook group “Slattocks Greenbelt”