The importance of Green Belt in combating air pollution

The GMCA’s ‘Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment’, commonly known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which was out for public consultation earlier in 2019, promotes a vision for ‘clean air and a flourishing natural environment’. This is one of many aspirations stated in the document, couched in fluffy political language, which directly conflicts with the GMCA’s primary ambition to offer up swathes of our local greenbelt to developers and land speculators. Reducing the green space around our towns will increase air pollution, putting the health and wellbeing of local people at higher risk of lung and heart disease.

Reducing the green space around our towns will increase air pollution

The 152 roads in Greater Manchester that breach air pollution levels. The data doesn’t include motorways!

We’ve contacted The British Lung Foundation (BLF) who have offered to supply us some air quality monitors. This will allow us to measure air pollution levels near our busiest roads and particularly those that are close to schools and community centres.

More evidence is emerging around the detrimental effects of air pollution: a study (published last year in the journal ‘Circulation’
reports an association between lower levels of air pollution (small particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide) and changes to the structure of the heart in people who did not have pre-existing heart disease. This adds to the growing evidence of the damaging effects of ambient pollution even in the setting of relatively low exposure levels. The authors recommend that ‘efforts to reduce air pollutant emission should be prioritised in public health initiatives and legislative measures’.

Taking any areas out of our local Greenbelt
will only make air pollution, and our health, worse!

This is particularly relevant to young children and their long-term health.

Further info:

Landowners & Developers plans for the local Greenbelt

Many Landowners and Developers sent in comments to the second GMSF Consultation [Jan-March 2019]

Those relating directly to the Thornham St John’s Neighbourhood Area and others located close to our community are listed below.

It should be stressed that these are just proposals, and
no planning applications relating to them have been lodged at the time of writing.

Below are links to each of these proposals:

GMSF Consultation [Jan-March 2019]- Find your comments

Following the second GMSF Consultation all the responses have been published.
If you submitted comments to the consultation you should have received an email or letter from the GMCA thanking you.
In this they will have given you a link containing a unique number through which you can search their spreadsheet for your comments.

The link below will take you to the ‘GMSF Responses’ web page and give you instructions on how to search for your comments, and those of the 17,000+ people who also wanted to make sure their voice was being heard.

Here’s the link to the GMSF Responses web page:

Responses to GMSF Consultation [Jan-Mar 2019]

Developer REDROW show their plans for GM2-Stakehill*

Redrow Homes has produced a glossy PR document as part of their comments to the recent GMSF Consultation (Jan-Mar 2019).
The indicative masterplan for what they call the ‘Manchester Road Development’ uses information from the GMSF documentation to show how they might develop the site.
Showing the All In One Garden Centre as its way in from the main road, they demonstrate how they could use the whole area behind Thornham Cricket Club and St John’s Thornham Church, stretching to Thornham New Road, the M62, and A627M.

At this stage of the GMSF plan, Redrow have decided its time to show their hand and how serious they are in wanting to got hold of this large chunk of local Greenbelt.

Whoever wrote this Development Statement
obviously used online and out of date information
and probably didn’t set foot in Slattocks

There are lots of error and mistakes. We’ll leave you to spot them.

  • The whole of the Redrow document, showing other sites across Greater Manchester they wish to develop can be found on the GMCA website

GMSF – Consultation (Jan-March ’19)

Summary – (Published October 2019)

Of particular interest is the section on GM2: Stakehill (pages 81 – 84) and ‘New Sites Submitted’ (page 282 – Rochdale)

Click the link below

GMSF Consultation Summary

Detail of Responses/Comments

Take a look at the spreadsheet below to check that your comments were included in the consultation.

Alternatively, click the link below:


Delay announced next GMSF Consultation

The Greater Manchester Combined Authorities (GMCA) which is made of the 10 Greater Manchester Councils, including Rochdale, have now analysed and published the results of the GMSF Consultation (held Jan-March 2019).

Many residents from Slattocks and Stakehill sent in comments on the 2nd draft of the proposals.

Out of some 51 separate allocations/sites, our local allocation, GM Allocation 2: Stakehill, had the ninth highest number of comments, some 982.

This shows the strength of feeling amongst the local community in wanting a ‘have a say’ in the future of the area.

The GMCA publicity statement can be seen at the link below.

GMCA Statement

Results of the Consultation (Jan-March 2019)

“The proposed site allocation policies generated a significant number of responses with most focusing on loss of Green Belt”

The above quote is directly from the Report and reinforces just how much people across Greater Manchester feel about the plans.

Clicking the link below will take you to the GMSF report for September 2019.
Then go to Page 73

GMSF Report