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PEEL HOLDINGS TO GO FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OVER SALFORD HOUSING REFUSAL
 

Star date: 21st December 2018

PEEL STATES SECRETARY OF STATE'S DECISION OVER BROADOAK HOUSING IS 'UNLAWFUL'

Peel Holdings is to challenge the decision by the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to dismiss its appeal against Salford City Council's refusal to allow up to 600 houses in the Broadoak area of the Worsley Greenway. Today, the company stated that the refusal was "unlawful and should be quashed".

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Last month, James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, dismissed Peel Holdings' appeal against Salford City Council's refusal to allow the company to build up to 600 houses, plus a further 165, in the Broadoak area of the Worsley Greenway.

He agreed with the Inspector that "the proposals would impact negatively on the character and appearance of the Greenway" (see here).

Today, however, Peel Holdings' subsid, Peel Investments, announced that it would be seeking a judicial review into the decision which it claims was "unlawful and should be quashed...

"Peel Investments (North) Limited will bring a claim for a statutory review of the decision by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to dismiss two appeals for new homes at Broadoak in Salford, Greater Manchester" stated the company.

"The central question will be whether the Secretary of State correctly interpreted national policy, particularly in respect of housing and the presumption in favour of sustainable development" it added "It is Peel's contention that the Secretary of State's errors render the decision unlawful and should be quashed."

Peel added, with sentiments that have met with scorn on social media, that "In our view, the decision brushed aside the genuine needs of families and people on affordable housing waiting lists. These are needs that are not going to be met in any other way. It cannot be right that Salford's housing supply is only about numbers and that it doesn't matter what gets built where or for whom."

"In those circumstances, where there is no alternative to meeting the real needs of people, national policy and housing needs must prevail over local policies that seek to restrict development" it stated "We think the Government has failed to correctly apply its own National Planning Policy Framework in this case."

On the RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Developments) Facebook site one campaigner wrote: "No surprise there, they are like a dog with a bone, don't know when to let go. Affordable homes don't make me laugh, more like making loads of money and not giving a hoot about the local residents and the council. Boycott anything to do with Peel Holdings."

Which just about summed up Salford people's reactions...

DJB wrote
at 10:58:01 on 24 December 2018
More appropriate here is the infrastructure issues. What many are not embracing is that the RHS garden on the other side of Worsley roundabout will bring in 1,000,000+ visitors a year meaning the area will be incredibly busy all day (not just at peak times) so when you add possibly 500+ more cars from this and the development on Campbell Road you basically have the perfect storm for traffic chaos. It can already take 20 minutes to get to the M60 from Worsley Road opposite Bridgewater School so to add this many extra cars is just lunacy. While it is important to take into account the needs of people who require housing it can't be at the expense of the people who already live in the area and are basically already gridlocked in on a daily basis. The roundabout needs traffic control adding, junction 13 access anti clockwise needs increasing to 2 lanes and ideally direct access from the M60 to the A580 needs to be added.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 07:46:03 on 23 December 2018
Love them or loath them, Peel do have an arguable point here. If there is a national policy in favour of sustainable development and national needs for housing, then it must be applied. What do they mean by sustainable though? As for the people who argue that it does not help people on housing waiting lists, I can see how their blinkered thinking helps them come to the views that they come to. For sure, on this development, nobody from the council housing list will be moved into these new 4/5 bed exec homes. But what happens if we built a million such houses? We would not have enough execs to put in them, so less well off people would have to move in, still not housing the ones on the waiting list. What we would then have is a surplus of housing, which would help the ones on the waiting list, because all the surplus houses can only make money if people live in them. In our city, nobody gives a shit when they build houses in labour voting areas, (apart from the other site in swinton) . What happens in cases like this is that the winner gets their costs paid. If Peel win ,let us hope it is the home office not the council that pick up the tab.
 
DJB wrote
at 08:58:06 on 22 December 2018
Peel will ultimately get what they want, when they held Eccles and Irlam to ransom last year it was obvious they use bully boy tactics and their substantial wealth to get what they wanted at any cost. If Peel don't get to build on Broadoak they will within the next 2/3 years get access to a much larger area of land to build on which they already have planning permission for, they get both then I'd guess they maybe knocking up 1500+ houses in the next 5 years.
 
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