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Latest info re meetings due to Covid-19

As it became more apparent that life would not return to normal for the foreseeable future we decided that, to make progress on matters, it was advantageous to purchase a Zoom licence to enable us to hold virtual meetings. However, if Govt. Covid restrictions are lifted, we aim to hold a normal meeting; plus our [Covid] delayed Annual General Meeting scheduled for 7pm on 22nd June 2021. If you wish to join a meeting please use the contact form under the 'Contact' tab at the top of the page, or email us: littleboroughcivictrust@gmail.com

We have very recently acquired Barker's Wood as an Asset of Community Value, courtesy of Rochdale Council, as we met the provisions under Section 88 of the Localism Act 2011.

With the advent of the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework proposals, the Trust have reminded RMBC of the Littleborough Town Design Statement produced some years ago and with many sections retaining relevance today and that reference be made to it as part of any development proposals for Littleborough.

Please click here to view the preface to this document.

Please click here to view the document.

 

The Trust and Save the Greenbelt Group have produced a document to highlight concerns over the various planning proposals for the area.

Please click here to view the document.

Latest news on AKZO site.

Following close working relationships with Homes England (H.M. Govt. Housing & Communities Agency) since April 2018, we today 28th May 2021 we met with the developers and their planning consultants who have been chosen, regarding the future of the former Akzo Nobel site Hollingworth Rd., Littleborough, who informed us that since they began enabling works for the site they clarified that they would be putting in a planning application in June 2021, but due to it having to be a totally new application they would be starting from scratch with renewed Coal Mining Risk Assessments, Traffic Assessments, water courses/sources and an Ecology survey of the site in the next few months.

No work is likely to commence until probably Spring 2022 as they have yet to decide a final design plan and consider the options to comply with the Local Planning Authorities policy on Affordable Housing.

They have committed to continuing to discuss the scheme with Littleborough Civic Trust to ensure community engagement during the planning and delivery process and further meetings with them are scheduled to ensure that as far as reasonably possible, the wishes and concerns of the residents of Littleborough are addressed.

They have taken heed of the Civic Trust’s information and concerns, including the Littleborough Town Design Statement, the link to which is on this page. A very substantial document (28mb), formulated by the Trust in 2004 and adopted by Rochdale Council at the time as 'supplementary planning guidance', hence they are beginning the application process again in its entirety.

We have to recognise the fact that it is actually a brownfield site and does not impinge on any green belt land. We did though stress very thoroughly that the roads and infrastructure are already at over-capacity levels. We suggested that any Section 106 monies offered by them go into improving what can be improved to the benefit of residents, instead of planting tress as a gesture. (A practice often used by some developers). They were acutely aware of the traffic situation due to the feedback they had received following their recent leaflet drop in the locality. We couldn't have stressed any more than we did, regarding the traffic situation

We are looking forward to maintaining a close working relationship with them prior to, and throughout the planning phase through to the construction of the development.

 


In Memory of Brian Holden

Founder member Rochdale Canal Society who gave his time and passion to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the Rochdale Canal