As Manchester City Council comes under increasing pressure to build more houses, our communities are filling up with new families and residents seeking to share in Manchester’s increasing success on the global stage. This also means we need amenities such as health, education and leisure facilities to support the increasing numbers of people. Unfortunately, the priority to create these new facilities ‘on the cheap’ in an era of unprecedented budget cuts is meaning that using green spaces, wildlife areas and play areas are being seen as ‘the only way’ to create new houses and facilities. Unfortunately, cities no longer class green spaces as assets as their effects on air quality, health and neighbourhoods are not easily financially quantifiable.
Nutsford Vale has been earmarked for development into a large secondary school for 1200 pupils. This will waste the last 6 years of work by our group and supporting charities who have invested heavily to create this wildlife haven and community asset – and nearly £3/4 million of taxpayer funds spent to re-purpose the dangerous brownfield eyesore into a beautiful country park.
The Planning Application for the site has been sneaked past the group, allowing only a short time for objections. We urge everyone to make their own personal objection (as long or short as you like) and let the Council know how it will affect you. There is a guide on how to object on this website. The Deadline has now been extended to the 15th December 2017 – so act fast to save this important green lung in the heart of urban Manchester.
The Friends group meet regularly to update and discuss the campaign against the planning application and will be having events shortly to protest. If you can support us in any way please get in touch!
Cant help in person? Please engage with us on social media to keep informed of the latest changes. Our petition to prevent the proposed development is still active, with hundreds of names on the list. We thank everyone for your continued support to preserve this important space.