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Letter: Proposed plan to build on greenbelt

Date published: 04 January 2017


Open letter to Councillor Farnell.

Having reviewed your proposed plan to build on greenbelt in Middleton - to expand the Stakehill Industrial site - can I draw your attention to the current available industrial units in the M24 postcode.

Roughly 2,008,621 (two million eight thousand six hundred twenty-one) square feet or 186,606 square metres in or on the edge of the Middleton area alone.

Before your council go building on our much needed green spaces, whilst perversely promoting a separate green agenda initiative for cleaner air, can I challenge you to provide proof that this expansion of these industrial sites is actually required?

It appears that you cannot fill the units we already have here, so why do we need to destroy more fields just for the sake of building units which will end up empty.

I draw your attention to Kingsway Business Park, which with the exception of a Hungry Horse Restaurant and a warehouse recently featured on BBC TV for ill treatment of staff, is conspicuously empty. Despite massive infrastructure costs on roads and services over the last 10 years.

I may be wrong, you may have information which I am not privy to.

As they say that the proof is in the pudding. So I’d like to challenge you to fill 25% of the empty space available today within the M24 postcode over the next three months.

Prove that there is indeed a demand for this extra space by reducing the available space by 500,000sq ft by 1 March 2017 and you may well be able to convince local people of the net worth of this proposed expansion and loss of this much loved greenfield site.

I very much look forward to your reply.

Yours,

David Winder
UKIP Vice Chairman RH&M

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