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This could be our best chance to save Ryebank Fields. You don’t have to live in the Manchester borough to do this.
We need as many people as possible to respond to the Council’s consultation on the Local Plan before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 3 April 2020, but please do it NOW. You don’t have to live in the Manchester borough to do this.
The council has the power to designate Ryebank Fields as a “Local Green Space” in the Local Plan. If the field was designated as local green space it would make it very hard for anyone to develop it in future so it is worth lobbying hard for this as part of the consultation response.
If you are short of time a simple email to the planning department setting out that you wish to respond to the consultation and want the council to designate Ryebank Fields as a Local Green Space is something that would take no more than a few minutes.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
However what would be even better would be to write a longer email setting out your reasons behind wanting the land to be protected as a Local Green Space with particular reference to the criteria which can be found in the National Planning Policy Framework.
This should not take too long – I have set out a template of a draft email you might want to use as a starting point as follows
“I wish to respond to the consultation on the draft Local Plan for Manchester. I would ask the council to designate the area known as Ryebank Field in Chorlton as a Local Green Space. “
Please then give your reasons why you feel the land should be designated as a Local Green Space. Please reference the criteria for Local Green Space Designation which is set out in the paragraph 100 of National Planning Policy Framework which are as follows:
a) The land has to be reasonably close to the community it serves
– This probably speaks for itself – you may wish to point out you live close by and use it frequently
a) The land has to be ‘demonstrably special to a local community’.
Please explain why you feel the land is demonstrably special to the local community e.g.
Please explain why you think the site is beautiful for example you may wish to comment on the wild nature of the site, the wild flowers, the number of trees wildlife etc and how it links with the park .
(b) Historic significance
You may wish to comment on the Nico Ditch and historic use of the land by the community
You may wish to comment on the number of recreational activities e.g. walking, community walks, blackberry picking, bird watching, the community orchard, carols at Christmas etc and how this impacts on your own well being
You may wish to draw attention to the tranquillity of the site and how this differs from e.g. the meadows which is close to the motorway. E.g. that site offers an oasis on calm in the middle of a large bustling city, that it is a truly unique area due to its wild nature
(e) Richness of wildlife
Please comment on any wildlife you are aware of in the area.
1) The land needs to be ‘local in character, not an extensive tract of land’.
Again this probably speaks for itself clearly the land is self-contained with boundaries on all sides
Details of the consultation can be found here
Other ways to respond to the consultation are as follows
You can make comments until 5pm on Friday 3 April 2020
• by email: email@example.com
• by post:
MCC Planning & Infrastructure Team
Library Walk, Level 3
Town Hall Extension
PO Box 563