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Due to the current health crisis talks by the Civic Trust had been suspended until further notice


                                        Taken 20th August 2020         


Roe Green/Beesley Green Conservation Review

On 4 July 2019, the council approved and adopted an appraisal for the Roe Green Beesley Green conservation area. After a public consultation 2017 about re-drawing the boundary of the Roe Green/Beesley Green Conservation Salford Council approved the removal of the Aviary Field behind Crossfield Drive from the Conservation area after receiving numerous letters of opposition to the plan. Chris Findlay, the Council’s Deputy Planning Officer reasoning that the field had no historical significance to the Conservation area. If that was the case why was it included in the first instance? This removal now makes it easier for a developer (Peel) to apply for planning permission for houses removing more green space from an already heavily air polluted area of Worsley. Hardy Grove has been included in the plan and Manthorpe Avenue, the new housing development bordering the M60 at Roe Green has also been removed from the Conservation area.

The consultation exercise appears to have been merely an empty gesture by the council as the main area for complaint was completely ignored by omitting Aviary Field from the this restructuring of the conservation area.

Following this link for full details of the Council’s report. https://www.salford.gov.uk/planning-building-and-regeneration/conservation-and-listed-buildings/salfords-heritage-assets/conservation-areas/roe-greenbeesley-green/


Peel have sought right to appeal their failed appeal to the High Court

On the 28th August Peel Investments (North) Ltd confirmed that they were seeking the right to appeal the decision by Mr Justice Dove published on the 2nd August this year. Albeit that Mr Justice Lyon refused them the right of appeal his decision.

In response Paul Dennett, Salford’s Mayor has sent a ‘Dear John’ letter to Peel’s owner, John Whittaker, with a plea to stop this newest appeal as it is costing the Salford council tax payer in excess of £400,000 to date to keep fighting this planning application rejection.



Broadoak Park Appeal rejected in the High Court

Peel Investments (North) Ltd’s Appeal against the refusal to build 600 houses on Broadoak Park, Worsley has been rejected on all accounts at the High Court.

For the full adjudication by Mr Justice Dove published on the 2nd August 2019,

follow this link


We are delighted that the judge upheld the Secretary of State’s refusal to allow the two applications to build on Broadoak North and South.

However Peel Investments (North) Ltd has said that Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s decision to dismiss appeals against the refusal of two residential schemes in Salford was “unlawful and should be quashed”.

As a result the High Court has listed a hearing for the 22nd May 2019 to adjudicate on Peel’s objections to the Secretary of State’s decision.

In November 2018 James Brokenshire came down on the side of Salford City Council on a long-running dispute over whether Peel should be allowed to build homes on a greenfield site in Broadoak, Worsley.

To see a copy of the Inspector’s report please follow this link,

Inspector’s Report


There is to be a second public inquiry in relation to a proposed building development comprising of up to 600 dwellings, a canal marina, retail and café premises and associated works on Broadoak Park, an area between Worsley Road and the Bridgewater Canal, east of Worsley Village.

This second inquiry ran for the four weeks from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10am and 5pm. The Inspector agreed to hold at least 2 evening meetings for local people, who work in the daytime, to attend and speak. 

After having the initial planning application refused by Salford’s planning panel, Peel appealed that decision and this led to the first public inquiry being held in June 2014. The Inquiry Inspector concluded that the appeal should fail and the Secretary of State agreed. Peel then challenged the decision in the High Court. The High Court quashed the initial planning refusal and passed it back to the Secretary of State to reconsider. He decided that there should be a second inquiry. 

On the 13 July 2017 a pre-inquiry meeting was conducted by a new Inquiry Inspector to determine certain aspects in relation to the inquiry.

Salford Council’s position all along has been to protect the Worsley Greenway and, therefore, the reason for the refusal of the initial application. Peel maintain that Salford needs to provide new housing and this site will provide much needed ‘aspirational’ homes for the Salford City area.

In the meantime Peel produced a new amended plan to the initial application shortly before the pre-inquiry. It included the provision of a site for a new primary school and fewer houses. There was a lack of detail which was promised at a later date. This raised the question of whether the inquiry would be about the original refused planning application or whether this new application should be put forward for consideration at the new inquiry. 

On the 20th July 2018 Peel submitted a separate planning application for the same Broadoak site for a new smaller scale development of 165 houses. This was also refused by Salford Council’s Planning Panel. Now Peel want this application for the 165 houses to be considered at the forthcoming inquiry. The reasons given were to save public money and RAID’s time.

The Inquiry Inspector has some difficult decisions to make as to the scope of this new inquiry.

Local community groups under an umbrella organisation called RAID (Residents against Inappropriate Development) will be making representations at the inquiry about traffic, pollution, education, the marina and public transport. Other issues include the environment, wildlife, bio-diversity, health, recreation and flooding. 

There is much negotiation to take place between Salford Council and Peel before the inquiry to produce a statement of common ground before the beginning of the Inquiry. 

It is important that as many of the public attend as possible so that the Inspector sees the level of interest local people have. Any amount of time you could give to support the local community groups would be much appreciated.



The Cock Hotel to be demolished


The current Cock Hotel built by Boddington’s Brewery in the early 1930’s is to be replaced with a 70 bedded care home facility. There has been a public house on the site since 1650.

It is sad to see an old building such as the Cock disappear but the decline of this pub/restaurant has been in decline for some time.

McGoff Construction of Altringham is to carry out the project and the on site manager, Ged Rodgers is aware of the existence of Polly’s Grave. He has promised to preserve her grave on the site its location dependant on the landscaping plan layout.

But rest assured her grave will be kept within the site of the development.

The Civic Trust is part of the  Salford Local History Forum which is made up of about 16 local history groups throughout Salford. The Forum also receives newsletters from the above Federation.

The above can be accessed from this link.LLHF Newsletter Aug 2020.pdf