Responding to the decision of Stockport Council’s Planning Committee to reject the controversial Bredbury Parkway application which would have seen the industrial estate extended deep into the Tame Valley on the Stockport-Tameside border, Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, said:
“This is absolutely fantastic news and a brilliant, common sense decision. It was great to see the overwhelming majority of the committee set aside their party loyalties and come together to save our Tame Valley.
“It was quite clear that the proposal to extend the industrial estate deep into the v of the Tame Valley would have had a massively harmful impact on the openness of the valley, on traffic and air quality and on visual amenity. It would have destroyed the ambience of the adjoining Haughton Dale and Hulmes Wood Local Nature Reserves in Tameside.
“Not only was the majority view that ‘exceptional circumstances’ had not been met by the developer, the ludicrous suggestion there would be a ‘net biodiversity gain’ from the concreting-over of the Tame Valley, or that a new bridleway at the back end of an industrial estate is an acceptable inducement was resoundingly rejected by the committee.
“This has been the best example of politicians working together in the best interests of the local community. I’ve worked with my Conservative MP colleague, William Wragg, as well as with my Denton South Labour Councillors, George Newton, Claire Reid and Jack Naylor. Likewise at committee, some Labour, the Lib Dems, the independent and the Tory councillors all united as a bloc. I’d like to especially thank Cllr Bagnall, Cllr Corris, Cllr Meikle and Cllr Harding for the powerful cases they made.
“And let’s be clear to the developer. Appeal if you like but you’ll lose. There are no exceptional circumstances to destroy our valley. Your development is not welcome here and if you choose to, we will fight you all the way. Our Tame Valley is not up for grabs.”