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POSSIBLE SALE OF LAND BY BOWDON BOWLING AND LAWN TENNIS CLUB
We understand from our colleagues at Bowdon Conservation Group, that Bowdon Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club is keen to rebuild or refurbish their clubhouse and add a significant extension onto it, almost doubling its size. The project will be costly and the club is considering a number of alternative ways of funding it. One of these is the sale of part of their land which borders the Enville Road end of St. Mary’s Road.
A developer has expressed interest in buying this land and building two houses on it.
The development of this land would represent a major loss of open space and further intensification of the development of this area of Bowdon. For the club, the land sale would mean loss of the tennis court which currently occupies part of the site to be sold. It is not at all clear how the lost court could be replaced or relocated by the club without the loss of further green space and detriment to the area.
The Bowdon Conservation Group opposes this intensification of development, which will damage the Conservation Area, and urges club members to consider alternative means of funding work to the clubhouse and to reject any proposal to sell land for development.
GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE CONTROVERSIAL PLANNING REFORMS
IN THE EARLY NEW YEAR
BORIS Johnson will unleash a series of controversial planning reforms in the early new year, in a bid to turbocharge home building and solve Britain’s housing shortage. The rapid assault, expected as early as January, was revealed by the PM’s most senior advisor Mr Dominic Cummings in a briefing to all ministerial aides in No10 on 16th June.
Changes planned include:
• Allowing developers and homeowners to build upwards, adding up to two extra storeys on homes and blocks of flats without necessarily needing approval.
• Building on greenbelt areas where there are already developments, such as around railway stations.
• A new system of rebates to rapidly speed up the green light to build from councils is also being plotted. Under it, applicants will get their fees repaid in full if local authorities don’t meet tight deadlines.
• Scrapping a regulation that forces builders to apply for permission if they want to demolish a commercial property and replace it with homes. A green paper from the Institute of Civil Engineers to transfer office space to housing rapidly.
The substantial overhaul is designed to deliver on independent estimates that Britain must build 300,000 new homes a year to solve the nation’s housing shortage.
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Green Space Strategy
Trafford MBC is to review their Green Space Strategy as it is now ten years old. The review will cover all aspects of green space including parks, recreation space, children’s play space, public health, biodiversity, and climate change.
The Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society will be making a contribution to the revision to ensure no green space is lost and what we currently have is enhanced and complimented. If you would like to be involved then either contact the Civic Society or Trafford direct. Trafford have already said they want the review and rewrite to have as much public involvement as possible.
The loss of Green Belt land within the Trafford boundary is outside the scope of this review except where it might impinge on recreation space.
The 2009 Strategy document can be found here https://www.trafford.gov.uk/planning/strategic-planning/docs/trafford-greenspace-strategy-january-2010.pdf
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