MP starts petition against massive and controversial development
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Barbara Keeley MP is opposed to the 350-home masterplan in Boothstown put forward for consultation by Peel L&P last week and is urging residents to sign her petition calling for Alder Carr to be axed.
The plan for the site off Leigh Road – also known as Millionaire’s Row – is for brand new energy efficient homes opposite the RHS Garden Bridgewater. According to Richard O’Brien, design director for housebuilder Northstone, the homes will have the capability of being 90 to 95 per cent energy efficient, meaning a severely reduced electricity bill for these gasless homes.
Despite this, the MP for Worsley and Eccles believes the adverse impact on the “already dire” traffic situation in the area and the air quality, strain on local services, and the fact there is another 1,100-home development just down the road – are all reasons to kick this into the long grass.
Ms Keeley said: “The proposal to build these 350 new large homes will be to the detriment of local services which are already strained, will add to existing high levels of traffic congestion and pollution and impact our wildlife, ecosystems and waterways. Local people have already stated very strong opposition to this development.
“I hope as many people as possible will sign my petition so that I can present a strong and clear objection to this proposed development.”
At peak hours, traffic snakes down Leigh Road onto the roundabout that connects Eccles to the M60, the Local Democracy Reporting Service was told. The queues would only get worse with “at least 700 cars” from this development, Mrs Keeley has claimed.
Salford councillor for Boothstown, Bob Clarke, has also stated that the area is already “full up” with GP surgeries and local schools having no more spots open. Coun Clarke explained that he has been asking around in the community about this plan and claimed he had received no positive responses so far.
Despite these concerns about the development, which looks to provide a 50 per cent affordable housing provision, there are provisional plans to improve local junctions. Peel L&P bosses say they are already aware of the current problems on the roads so intend to ease traffic with these works.
They have also suggested that the neighbourhood will benefit from “a network of open spaces and footpaths rich in biodiversity with tree-lined streets” as well as community green spaces, children’s play parks, ponds, and fitness trails. A new scenic wetland route will be created along Shaw Brook has also been promised.
Annabel Baker, Peel L&P’s Associate Director for Development Planning said: “We have been discussing the capacity of local services including schools and GPs with the local authority and will be making financial contributions to offset any impact of the development at east of Boothstown. The details will be provided as part of any future planning application and will include land for a primary school as part of proposals for land at Hazelhurst Farm.