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Councillor's pledge to fight homes plan.

A NEWLY-ELECTED Labour councillor has vowed to do everything in his power to stop green belt sites in his ward being built on under the region's 20-year development blueprint.

Coun Tom Besford says that proposals for Littleborough Lakeside included in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) are 'wrong' - and he will be pushing for them to be drastically changed, if not removed altogether.

"The infrastructure is not sufficient to cope with the extra houses and, second, we want to protect our green spaces and green belt," he said.

The GMSF was subject to a 'radical rewrite' after Andy Burnham became mayor - and public consultation on the second draft recently came to a close.

But the plans for Littleborough still include building 300 new homes next to Hollingworth Lake and the Rochdale Canal.

A further 210 homes are proposed for the Roch Valley.

Rochdale council's Labour leader, Allen Brett, says the GMSF is vital to the borough's future prosperity.

But Coun Besford said: "It's definitely not a done deal."

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:May 18, 2019
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