Save "Gin Hall " and our Green Belt !  

Bury Green Party members and our local election candidate Glyn Heath gave their active support to Walmersley residents' opposition to the Council's plan to take the area known as " Gin Hall " in Bury North out of the Green Belt to allow for industrial/commercial developments.

With no less than 412 local residents having registered their objections to the Local Development Framework and its Core Strategy for the next 15 years, the Planning Department produced a revised document which was published  in February 2011.

The Core Strategy Proposed Focused Changes  and Minor Changes was examined by Inspector S. J. Platt at a Hearing on 12th and 13th May 2011. However, it  was promptly withdrawn as there were serious concerns about the soundness of the Core Strategy itself.  During the debate, Mr Metcalfe ( on behalf of Walmersley residents ) raised concerns - which we shared - about the perceived lack of full community engagement as was to be expected in the adopted Statement of Community Involvement. 

The Inspector also noted that the formal press advertisement announcing the date of the Hearings and the name of the appointed inspector had not been published. Planning Officer, Paul Allen,  apologised and explained this was due to an administrative error.

As a result of this humiliating Hearing the Council has had to request to the Secretary of State Bob Neil MP from the Department for Communities and Local Government to withdraw Bury's Core Strategy. This was granted on 27th June 2011.

We understand that a new draft Publication Core Strategy should be made available for consultation  between November 2011 and May 2012. 

Bury Green party will continue to monitor closely any further development and will keep you up-to-date with the campaign to save Bury Green Belt on this page and through our North Manor Newsletter.