Town hall bosses pledge to protect Bury's green belt

Bury's green belt should be protected, town hall bosses have said.

Bury's green belt should be protected, town hall bosses have said.

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PLANNING bosses have pledged to protect Bury’s green belt — as developers urge the council to make more land available to build homes.

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has claimed Bury Council should be more “ambitious” and find more space to address the “strong demand” for house building.

But Bury Council maintains that the town can only accommodate the building of 400 new homes a year without moving into the green belt.

The plea from developers comes after the council’s core strategy, which sets out the town’s housing, employment and retail needs until 2029, was thrown out by an inspector because there was “little prospect” of the plan being sound.

Matthew Good, planning manager at HBF, said: “We have found that across Greater Manchester there is strong demand for house building.

“We need local authorities across the region, such as Bury, to be positive about their housing numbers and more ambitious in seeking opportunities to meet the housing needs of local people.

“As well as the obvious social benefits that come with building more new homes, increasing house building activity will also give a welcome boost to the local economy through the creation of jobs.

“With greater support from local authorities, increased house building across the city region can be a real catalyst for change, creating jobs, prosperity and growth, driving forward a balanced economic recovery.”

Cllr Sandra Walmsley, the council’s cabinet member for resource and regulation, said developers want to build 800 to 1,000 houses a year — but claimed that permission to build 3,000 new houses in Bury has been granted but that no building work has started.

She said: “We are determined to protect as much of Bury’s green space as we can — this is what the people of Bury want us to do.

“Councils have been put in a very difficult position, with Government guidance forcing them to find more and more land for housing to increase housebuilding rates across the country, regardless of local constraints and public opinion.

“Our core strategy aims to meet housing needs in a balanced and sustainable way, which includes protecting the environment and promoting the use of brownfield land in urban areas.”

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12:35am Wed 20 Aug 14

Bury North says...

Bury used to have plenty of green space dotted around however sadly it is eroding away for yet more housing, let's hope for our future generations sake we don't leave behind a drab concrete jungle.
Bury used to have plenty of green space dotted around however sadly it is eroding away for yet more housing, let's hope for our future generations sake we don't leave behind a drab concrete jungle. Bury North
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11:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

Taalib says...

Six Reasons To Build On "Green Belt"

http://www.theguardi
an.com/housing-netwo
rk/2014/may/21/six-r
easons-to-build-on-g
reen-belt
Six Reasons To Build On "Green Belt" http://www.theguardi an.com/housing-netwo rk/2014/may/21/six-r easons-to-build-on-g reen-belt Taalib
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11:56am Fri 22 Aug 14

Taalib says...

Six Reasons To Build On Green Belt:

This article gives a more balanced perspective on "Green Belts" and the housing crisis. We are all paying a massive social cost to NIMBYism and the reality is that often environmentally friendly new developments can be more wild life friendly than a green belt area.

http://www.theguardi
an.com/housing-netwo
rk/2014/may/21/six-r
easons-to-build-on-g
reen-belt
Six Reasons To Build On Green Belt: This article gives a more balanced perspective on "Green Belts" and the housing crisis. We are all paying a massive social cost to NIMBYism and the reality is that often environmentally friendly new developments can be more wild life friendly than a green belt area. http://www.theguardi an.com/housing-netwo rk/2014/may/21/six-r easons-to-build-on-g reen-belt Taalib
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11:59am Fri 22 Aug 14

Taalib says...

Oops. The link to the Guardian article "Six Reasons To Build On Green Belt" isn't pasting properly. Hopefully this shortened version will do better:

http://goo.gl/azKMp0
Oops. The link to the Guardian article "Six Reasons To Build On Green Belt" isn't pasting properly. Hopefully this shortened version will do better: http://goo.gl/azKMp0 Taalib
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