Save Our Slattocks




March 2023


The revised GMSF consultation has now been published and is open for comment

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Where does it leave residents who suddenly find themselves living within the newly designated Greenbelt?

“I’m stuck” said a local resident affected by the plan. “I won’t be able to put up a garden shed without planning permission.”

Yes, planning permission on Greenbelt land can by extremely difficult to obtain, if not impossible.

But it should come as no surprise that local Councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority [GMCA] seem to think it’s perfectly alright to sweep a broad brush over people’s lives when it suits.

A number of local residents have previously asked for permission to place very small buildings on current Greenbelt only to be knocked back with “it’s Greenbelt, we can’t allow to build on there – it’s illegal.”

Well – all of a sudden, the rules are being changed because apparently those very same local Councils and GMCA have decided.

Is this the right way to treat local resident? And how can they trust their elected representatives?

Let’s Get Planning for the Future

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 ‘’

TSJNF – Statement to RMBC