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Countryside Properties who are building on green belt at Reddish Vale

Reddish Vale Posted on Fri, August 14, 2015 19:30:04

These are the people who are developing green belt in Reddish Vale, Stockport with the blessing of corrupt-in-planning, LibDem Stockport Council.

https://www.duedil.com/company/00614864/countryside-properties-uk-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/05555391/countryside-properties-plc

https://www.duedil.com/company/02549379/countryside-maritime-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/04563416/countryside-properties-ten-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/04249035/countryside-properties-booth-street-2-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/04814588/countryside-properties-uberior-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/04165427/countryside-properties-bicester-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/05722274/countryside-properties-joint-ventures-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/00932540/countryside-properties-london-and-thames-gateway-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/02424280/countryside-properties-commercial-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/02771221/countryside-properties-southern-limited

https://www.duedil.com/company/02752638/countryside-properties-northern-limited

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https://www.duedil.com/director/900722859/graham-stewart-cherry

https://www.duedil.com/director/906873326/richard-stephen-cherry

https://www.duedil.com/director/905443117/wendy-elizabeth-colgrave

https://www.duedil.com/director/911253459/ian-calvert-Sutcliffe

https://www.duedil.com/director/919634470/gary-whitaker

https://www.duedil.com/director/905443117/wendy-elizabeth-colgrave

https://www.duedil.com/director/900256785/andrew-charles-phillip-carr-locke

https://www.duedil.com/director/914113056/alan-herbert-cherry

https://www.duedil.com/director/914555921/david-alan-thornham

https://www.duedil.com/director/900915714/mark-john-boleat

https://www.duedil.com/director/902328331/john-neville-reyner

https://www.duedil.com/director/913528137/samuel-frank-pickstock

https://www.duedil.com/director/914000064/gary-preston-shillinglaw

https://www.duedil.com/director/904486565/patricia-gupta

https://www.duedil.com/director/907384904/bruce-smith-Anderson

https://www.duedil.com/director/903486025/robin-patrick-hoyles

https://www.duedil.com/director/903303291/michael-frank-pearce

https://www.duedil.com/director/900066357/peter-herbert-quinn

https://www.duedil.com/director/904672400/christopher-peter-crook

https://www.duedil.com/director/905108678/david-john-doig

https://www.duedil.com/director/900688094/harold-bernard-supperstone



Dirty, environmentally damaging Stockport LibDems strike again

Reddish Vale Posted on Wed, August 12, 2015 20:04:33

Text of a letter in the Stockport Express 12/8/15:

“As Chair of the Friends of Reddish Vale, I write about the proposed housing development within the boundaries of the country park, the stated purpose of which is the regeneration of Brinnington.

Our campaign against this infringement of green belt land has been running for two years. Working with Tameside Group we have attended council meetings, organised demonstrations, written letters and handed in a petition which was signed by around 14,000 people.

All of this was judged to be of no avail at The Civil Courts of Justice in Manchester on Tuesday July 28.

I was in court with another member of the friends group and our barrister, Robert Derbyshire, who was acting pro-bono on our behalf. Without his generous help, we would never have been able to bring our case.

In support of the application, the friends had to lodge the sum of £5,000 to show that we were serious. As Friends of the Vale, our purpose is to protect it, so there was no choice.

We were hoping that the judge would grant leave for Judicial Review of the proceedings leading up to the council’s decision to sell of country park land to Countryside Properties for development.

However, it soon became clear that the protection of green space in a predominantly urban area is of little significance when it comes to developer profit. It has never been adequately explained why including part of the country park was essential to make the development viable.

The moral high ground has no argument in a court of law; a judge’s task is to interpret a case of this sort purely on its legal standing based on precedents.

The result was, therefore, sadly predictable and the judge declared our case ‘hopeless’ and said it should never have been brought He further awarded the full capped costs of £5,000 to be paid to the council as a sort of warning to other groups not to obstruct the work of council officers by futile attempts to protect green belt from development.

As a friends group, our income depends on the dedicated work of unpaid volunteers who keep the visitor centre open seven days a week, selling refreshments. We are going to have to see a lot of tea and coffee to make up for this one.

Thank you to all who have supported our campaign.”

Pam Jones
Chair
Friends of the Vale



Dodgy LibDem Council backs down on bird nesting season tree destruction for now, at one location only

Reddish Vale Posted on Fri, March 06, 2015 17:57:21

From: Andrew Gwynne

Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 11:59 AM

Subject: Reddish Vale update

Dear
Friend

Further to my
email earlier this week, about the tree felling that had commenced in part of
Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport Council issued the following statement
yesterday afternoon:

“On the 18th February 2015 the Council
granted a license to Countryside Properties to allow an ecological assessment
and subsequent tree removal work to be carried out on land at Blackberry Lane,
Brinnington. The work was required to facilitate future development of the site
and was timed to take place prior to the bird nesting
season.


On the 25th February 2015 the Council
became aware that a resident of the borough had submitted an application to the
High Court for a Judicial Review of the Council’s resolution to grant planning
permission for development, including land at the Blackberry Lane
site.

Whilst the licence was issued by the
Council as landowner and is not part of the planning process, the Council has
decided that it is no longer appropriate to permit Countryside Properties to
proceed with these works pending the outcome of the application for judicial
review. As such the developer has been instructed to put on hold any further
works other than works necessary to leave the site in a safe condition.”
ENDS

I do not accept
Stockport Council’s initial approach. It is frankly appalling that they
authorised any trees to be felled in the Country Park prior to the planning
matters being clarified. However, no further work should be taking place while
this matter is still under review and I am pleased that the council have stopped
the work following local pressure.

I will, of
course, update you as and when I receive any further information on the
application for judicial review.

Best
wishes,

ANDREW
GWYNNE MP

Shadow
Health Minister
Labour
– Denton and Reddish

Constituency
Office, Denton Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

House
of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Tel:
0161 320 1504 (Constituency)

Tel:
0207
219 4708 (House of Commons Voicemail)

Fax:
0161 320 1503 Twitter:
@GwynneMP Facebook:
AndrewGwynneMP

Serving
the communities of:

Audenshaw,
Denton, Dukinfield, Haughton Green, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris and
Reddish

in
the House of Commons



Why have they started tree cutting already then?

Reddish Vale Posted on Thu, March 05, 2015 18:15:54

Sent:
‎05/‎03/‎2015
14:38

Subject:
Message
from Paul Lawrence re: update on DC056554 and to the north of Blackberry Lane,
Brinnington; Castle Hill School and Lapwing Centre, Lapwing Lane, Brinnington;
Land at Lapwing Lane, Brinnington; and Former Storage Area, Truro Avenue,
Brinnington

Dear Councillors

Further to Emma Curle’s email of 27th February, there are a number
of matters relating to the proposed development site in Brinnington which have
since been raised by both Members and the general public and which Members may
require clarification on.

Although Planning and Highways Regulation Committee resolved that planning
permission should be granted for the above development at the meeting of
8th January 2015, and the Secretary of State concluded that he did
not wish to ‘call-in’ the application, planning permission has not formally been
issued at present due to the need for the applicant to sign a legal agreement
for the development and officers drafting the decision notice.

Whilst on the 25th February 2015 the Council was advised that a
local resident had submitted to the High Court an application for Judicial
Review, planning permission has not yet been issued, and as such, the submission
to the Court may be premature. Officers are currently considering the grounds
of challenge and will respond accordingly within the prescribed period.

The two grounds are as follows:

Ground
1

Paragraphs 87
and 88 of
the National Planning Policy Framework published on
27th March 2012 provides that “87. As
with previous Green
Belt policy, inappropriate development is,
by definition, harmful to the
Green Belt and
should not be
approved except in
very special circumstances.

88. When considering any
planning application, local
planning authorities should ensure that substantial weight is
given to any
harm to the
Green Belt. ‘Very
special circumstances’ will not exist
unless the potential harm
to the Green
Belt by reason of
inappropriateness, and any other harm,
is clearly outweighed by
other
considerations.”

No
adequate regard was
given to this
policy when the
planning permission was
granted.

Ground 2

In voting to grant the
application, the Defendant was advised that the Interested Party had “identified
with evidence the essential objective that the proposal is intended to meet…
and have demonstrated that this could not reasonably be met in a less harmful
way”. At no stage was the Defendant’s decision making committee told what that
evidence was. Accordingly it was unable to evaluate whether it met the
requirements of paragraphs 87 and 88 of the NPPF, as it was obliged to
do.

Prior to receiving the notification of Judicial Review, and on the
18th February 2015 the Council granted a license to Countryside
Properties to allow an ecological assessment and subsequent tree removal work to
be carried out on the land at Blackberry Lane. The work was timed to take place
prior to the bird nesting season and the licence was issued by the Council as
landowner and is not part of the planning process. Following the granting of the
licence Countryside Properties have undertaken some clearance works, however,
once the Council were served with the Judicial Review claim, it was decided that
it was no longer appropriate to permit Countryside Properties to proceed with
the felling of the trees pending the outcome of the application for Judicial
Review.

As such the developer has been instructed to put on hold the felling works.
The Council and Countryside Properties will now investigate alternative methods
of preventing birds nesting in the trees, such as netting, so that in the event
the Council are successful in defending the Judicial Review, then development
can progress on schedule.

Officers are continuing to draft the grounds of resistance to the Judicial
Review claim made against the Council. The timescale is controlled by the Court
but it may be of some assistance to members to provide an indicative timeline.
If the claim is determined to be ‘significant’ then the
application for permission to apply for Judicial Review should be determined
within three weeks of the Council filing response to the claim (known as
acknowledgement of service). If permission to apply for Judicial Review is
granted, then the hearing should take place within ten weeks, once detailed
grounds have been submitted by the parties.

An indicative timeline might look like this:

· Date claim form served – 25/02/15

· Deadline for filing of Acknowledgment of Service – 18/03/15

· Permission to apply determined within 3 weeks – 08/04/15

· Detailed grounds to be submitted within 35 days – 13/05/15

· Hearing held before – 22/07/15

I hope this update is helpful. Please do come back to me if you
have any further queries

Paul

Kristina
Makowska

PA to Paul Lawrence

Corporate Director, Place
Directorate

Stockport Metropolitan Borough
Council

( 0161 474 3501

+2nd Floor| Fred Perry House |
Piccadilly | STOCKPORT | SK1 3XE



LibDem destruction of trees on World Wildlife Day

Reddish Vale Posted on Wed, March 04, 2015 19:19:49

Look what the vile Stockport LibDems are doing (illegally) on World Wildlife Day.



Dodgy Stockport LibDems destroying these trees

Reddish Vale Posted on Sun, March 01, 2015 17:06:41

“I wanted to update you in respect of the proposal to build new homes in part of
Reddish Vale Country Park, a proposal which was opposed by myself and the
Reddish Labour Councillors. Despite the overwhelming objections sent to the
Stockport planning committee, the decision to approve the scheme was
made.

Since then, residents
have sought to have the decision judicially reviewed, which I fully
support.

This week, local
residents and users of Reddish Vale Country Park have notified me that tree
felling has commenced on the site. I have asked Stockport Council why, and this
is their response:

“A license has been
issued to Countryside properties to allow them to carry out a full independent
ecological assessment, and then to remove any potential nesting sites, before
the main nesting season starts. Although this is in preparation for the proposed
development, it does not require separate planning approval or the issuing of
the planning approval for the proposed development. Relevant Executive Cllrs and
the ward Cllrs are fully aware of this work.

The sale of this open
space is currently subject to public consultation, prior to a decision by the
Executive. This public consultation, or pending decision, does not however
preclude the Council, as landowner, from permitting the works previously
described.

Finally, to be clear,
it is the planning approval (which has not yet been made) which is the subject
of the recent application for a Judicial Review.”

Clearly, Stockport
Council’s response is totally unacceptable to me, and I know a number of local
residents are urgently exploring taking an injunction out to prevent any felling
of more trees until the judicial review into the planning application has been
heard.

Even should the judge
uphold the planning permission, before any building can begin there must also be
public consultation to approve the removal of the land from both the curtilage
of the Country Park and from the Greater Manchester Green Belt, the latter which
must also be approved by the Secretary of State. So there’s still a very long
way to go.

I will keep you
updated, but please be assured of my continued opposition to the destruction of
our Country Park, which serves both Stockport and Tameside residents
alike.

Best wishes,”

ANDREW
GWYNNE MP

Shadow
Health Minister
Labour
– Denton and Reddish

Constituency
Office, Denton Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

House
of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Tel:
0161 320 1504 (Constituency)

Tel:
0207
219 4708 (House of Commons Voicemail)

Fax:
0161 320 1503 Twitter:
@GwynneMP Facebook:
AndrewGwynneMP

Serving
the communities of:

Audenshaw,
Denton, Dukinfield, Haughton Green, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris and
Reddish

in
the House of Commons



5,700 objectors and planning law ignored. It’s the LibDem way

Reddish Vale Posted on Fri, January 16, 2015 19:37:56



No freedom of speech under LibDem Roberts

Reddish Vale Posted on Mon, November 24, 2014 19:14:32

LibDem Deputy Leader of Stockport Council, Iain Roberts, tries to block doughty campaigner Pat Ruaune’s freedom of speech.

These documents can be more clearly read at: http://www.sheilaoliver.org/cllr-iain-roberts-tries-to-block-free-speech.html



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