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’