Tandle Hill 'Save the Greenbelt' march to protest controversial proposals for building thousands of homes across local greenbelt

Date published: 19 February 2019

Hundreds of local residents and campaigners are planning a ‘Save the Greenbelt Walk’ on Sunday 3 March, against proposals for building thousands of homes across greenbelt land in Rochdale and Oldham. 

Various action groups from Middleton, Slattocks, Royton, Chadderton, Shaw, Milnrow and Newhey have set up meeting points before they will all march and join forces at the Tandle Hill Country Park memorial around midday. 

The meeting points for the walk are as follows:

Save Our Villages Newhey and Milnrow Protect Our Greenbelt

  • 10.30am at High Crompton Park

Save Middleton’s Greenbelt

  • 10.50am at Boarshaw Lane, Canal Bridge 60

Save Our Slattocks

  • 11.15am at Smalley Hall, Thornham Lane

Save Chadderton’s Beautiful Greenbelt

  • 10.15am at Chadderton Park Football Club

Save Shaw’s Greenbelt

  • 10.30am at High Crompton Park

Save Royton’s Greenbelt

  • 11am at Thornham St James School

Under the latest version of the region’s development blueprint, the net loss of local greenbelt in the proposals has reduced from 4.6% to 2.9%, with the Pennines region having the greatest concentration of proposed new green belt sites in Rochdale.

Land put forward locally includes Bamford and Norden, Castleton Sidings, Crimble Mill, land north of Smithy Bridge, Newhey Quarry, Roch Valley and Trows Farm.


Greenbelt development protest at Tandle Hill
2017's greenbelt development protest at Tandle Hill by Flush Vision


A similar protest at the start of 2017 saw thousands march to Tandle Hill in protest of the developments put forward under the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), which proposes almost 2,000 homes plus employment space to be built on Rochdale’s greenbelt.

The consultation for the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, currently in its second draft, will close on Monday 18 March 2019.

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