This afternoon the planning application for the all-weather pitch, new main pitch and floodlights at Chorlton Meadows/Hardy Farm came to the Planning Committee. Lots of residents turned up to show their opposition to the development, even though we were expecting it to be deferred for a site visit.
At the beginning of the meeting the Chair, Cllr Tony Burns, who is supposed to be neutral as Chair of the Planning Committee, said that after representations from Chorlton's Labour councillors and Labour Candidates, the committee had decided to defer the application for a site visit. So much for political neutrality on the Planning Committee. I, along with Lib Dem councillors, Norman Lewis, Tony Bethell, Bernie Ryan and Paul Ankers, had requested a site visit weeks ago, but unsurprisingly Labour's Cllr Burns didn't see fit to mention that!
The important point is that a site visit has been agreed, which will take place in January. We now have to persuade the councillors on the committee that this application is not acceptable. We have a strong case, but that doesn't mean that the plans will necessarily be rejected. I hope that by visiting the site the committee will recognise the negative impact that the development would bring.
If you want to know more about the campaign to stop the development click here. There's also a facebook group decidated to the campaign with over 6,000 members. You can access it here.