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.
Unfortunately, Manchester City Council and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government have now approved the Planning Application for development of the site. The Friends of Nutsford Vale would like to thank all those who supported our campaign over the last 18 months and the enormous amount of work, time and effort they put in on behalf of the local community. There may still be things that we can do to save Nutsford Vale Country Park and we are currently exploring all available options.
The Friends group meet regularly to update and discuss our campaign against the development and would welcome any support you could give us. If you think 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. Nutsford Vale Country Park is a highly valued community asset and our recent petition to prevent the proposed development collected over 1,000 signatures. We thank everyone for your continued support to preserve this important space.