Stop the Burgess Farm Development Petition
Peel Holdings want to build a housing development on one of Salfords few remaining working farms, destroying a beautiful area of greenfield land in the process.
Salford Council initially rejected the proposed development after hearing significant opposition from the local residents at a public meeting of the planning committee. Two grounds were cited, namely negative impact on traffic flow and sufficient housing land, notwithstanding the fact that there were many other justifiable grounds for refusal. However the council then reversed their decision in a private meeting without any further consultation with those residents as they could not sustain the reasons for refusing planning permission. However, the evidence which points to this has not been made public at this time.
Peel Holdings are currently pursuing an appeal to the secretary of state which is now un-opposed by the council. The proposed development of 350 two to five bedroomed houses, described as "aspirational housing", would be situated in an area with inadequate public transport facilities, inadequate schooling and significant traffic congestion at peak times.
The land itself has important ecological value, with many rare species of birds having been spotted and the presence of great crested newts directly adjoining the site itself. The residents have argued that the development is not required and that there are sufficient brownfield sites in the Salford area which could, and should, be developed first.
Please sign this petition to help the local residents stop this unnecessary development and help protect the 'green lungs' of Walkden and in turn preserve Britians diminishing countryside.