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Countryside Properties who are building on green belt at Reddish Vale

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver 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









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Dirty, environmentally damaging Stockport LibDems strike again

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver 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















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

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver 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



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Why have they started tree cutting already then?

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver 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



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LibDem destruction of trees on World Wildlife Day

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver Wed, March 04, 2015 19:19:49
Look what the vile Stockport LibDems are doing (illegally) on World Wildlife Day.



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Dodgy Stockport LibDems destroying these trees

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver 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




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

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver Fri, January 16, 2015 19:37:56


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No freedom of speech under LibDem Roberts

Reddish ValePosted by Sheila Oliver 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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