Closing Our Doors

Hi All,

I think we are just about done. The residential application is progressing and all ideas of previous incinerator plans have been dropped.

There is still one more matter to deal with.. we still have £1900 in the Campaign Fund. When we defined our constitution as a group back in 2010, we stated that on closure, any remaining funds be donated to a local community group or charity. This is the first time I have been heavily involved in community activity and I’ve been very happy with the outcome. I am however very aware that there is a group of people who contribute in equal measure, but do this on a weekly basis and have done for many, many years. Where I will now go back to working on career and family, I feel comfortable in the knowledge that this group will continue to develop, protect and […]

What’s been happening?

It’s been some time since the last update on this website and on the campaign as a whole. Today we have news, but I’ll explain what’s been happening with the overall direction of the Green Lane site.

A short time after the Incinerator appeal was dismissed at the inquiry, Sky Properties decided to challenge the decision in the High Court. At that point, the situation became very much about Sky challenging both the Planning Inspectorate and in turn Salford City Council over the legality of the decision made at the inquiry. . this campaign group became an interested 3rd party without direct involvement in any court future proceedings.

In parallel, the other stakeholders in the Green Lane site (not Mr. Hirsch) have been assessing and discussing the possibility of submitting an application for residential dwellings on the site. Many of you will have received a letter from the consultation company […]

Celebration Time!!

You are cordially invited to share in our victory celebration. As this chapter in Monton history comes to a close we be sending it off with a bang!!

Appeal Dismissed! A Victory For Us All!!

We have received the decision from the Planning Inspectorate regarding Sky’s applications.. APPEAL DISMISSED, WE HAVE WON!!

“Decision Appeal A: APP/U4230/A/11/2162115 1. I dismiss the appeal. Appeal B: APP/U4230/A/11/2162103 2. I dismiss the appeal.”

After what seems an eternity, this campaign has finally come to a conclusion. The decision comes in line with planning strategy for the area and has found that although true in many decades past, the area has now cast off it’s heavy industrial roots to become a modern, bustling and thriving residential community. A plant such as this would very much be “out of keeping” for the area which will now see a future of mixed residential and tourist developments.

I guess it will take some weeks for this to sink in.. the feeling from the community is one of joy but also of shell-shock.. is it finally over? Can we finally take our lives off hold and start building […]

Decision Delayed – Final Possible Date is 22nd August

Due to unforeseen circumstances. The decision on the Green Lane application has now been delayed. Final date for decision is 22nd August although it may come before then.

Counting down and waiting.

Waiting With Faith

The inquiry has finished and now? This week was the last of the inquiry. Closing statements were made on Tuesday and the Inspector’s accompanied site visit was on Wednesday.

Closing Statements

I don’t want to go into depth on the statements, but we were happy with both ours and the Council’s closings. Regarding Sky’s closing statement and subsequent decision to attempt to rebut ours on an almost paragraph by paragraph basis, we should consider this the sincerest form of flattery.. there must have been something of value to rebut? It seemed in my subjective opinion that instead of pushing the benefits of the application and standing behind the strength of their experts technical evidence, they spent much more time trying to cast doubt over the expertise of the witnesses the opposition had presented. I guess this is just one of those planning inquiry “games” that the […]

Request for Speakers To Come Forward To Thursday

Hi All,

The inquiry is progressing ahead of schedule. So much so that in order to best use the time available, the Programme Officer has asked if there is anyone registered to speak on Friday, who could speak tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon? If you are able to bring your statement forward, please attend the inquiry tomorrow and let Frances know that you are willing to come forward.

Thanks,

Hani

Note to Community Speakers

If you have registered to speak at the inquiry, or would like to register to speak. There will now be two sessions dedicated to members of the community.

The Inspector has asked us to get in touch to let you know that he has now clarified the schedule and will be holding two sessions where you can have your say. The following two sessions at Monton House Hotel have been set aside: Wednesday May 16th: 6pm-9pm Friday May 25th: 9:30am- 1:30pm

If you wish to speak and are unable to make any of these days, please contact the Council’s Programme officer Frances Taylor on 07545 422 714.

Inquiry – Conduct, Schedule and How to Help.

It’s just a few days until the start of our long awaited inquiry. The venue is set, the dates are set and the schedule is teetering on being finalised. This will likely be my final post before we begin. We have some additional information for you and also some last requests before this event, that will be so critical to the future of our area, begins.

Inquiry Conduct

Firstly, let me say that the conduct of campaign supporters and the wider community has been exemplary throughout all of our engagements with both Sky Properties and the Council. For what is clearly an emotive situation, we should be proud that we have adopted a considered approach and should be commended for an open minded assessment of this application.

On analysis of Sky’s witness statements, we have found there are a number of inflammatory claims about […]

Final Call To Stand Up and Be Counted

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