Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has reacted angrily to revised plans for the Bredbury Industrial Estate extension submitted today to Stockport Council by developer Quorum.
The developer has again proposed environmentally damaging industrial sheds deep into the Tame Valley on the border of Stockport and Tameside.
Speaking out, the Labour MP said:
“What part of leave, go away, you’re not welcome – our shared Tame Valley is not for grabs, don’t they understand?
“We will not allow this environmental rape of our cherished narrow strip of green space separating Denton, Bredbury and Woodley at the River Tame. The Tame Valley is for recreation and nature, not HGVs, pollution and tin sheds.
“Stockport might be out of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, but the planning sequential test still applies. The fact is there are other suitable sites to relocate displaced businesses from the Mayoral Development Corporation area in Stockport. In any case, there is nothing in the MDC area which requires such large-scale logistics premises.
“Furthermore, there is an oversupply of sites for logistics warehousing in Greater Manchester. There is no justification for taking green belt land for this use at this site.
“The sooner Quorum understands there’s no fast buck to be made at Bredbury and that we will fight them all the way to save our Tame Valley from their grubby money grabbing mitts, the better. I reiterate: our Tame Valley is not up for grabs.”
In November, Tameside Council, led by the Denton South Labour Councillors, had passed a motion opposing the development because of the destruction of the river valley, the negative impact it would have on the Haughton Dale and Hulmes Woods Local Nature Reserves, and on traffic and air quality in Denton.
Tameside’s motion was sent to Stockport Council as a formal objection and to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, asking for him to ‘call-in’ any decision.
People can object to the latest planning application by writing to Stockport Council at Planning Services, Place Directorate, Stopford House, Picadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE
or online at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/planning
And quoting reference: DC/074399