Protesters hit at Foxdenton plans
Reporter: KAY DINGSDALE
Date online: 21 February 2013
Worries over traffic, road safety, flooding and loss of green space
SCORES of people visited a public exhibition on Foxdenton green land development within minutes of the doors opening yesterday.
Last month the announcement of plans to develop the 49-hectare site - bounded by Foxdenton Lane, Broadway, Radclyffe Athletics Centre and Firwood Park - into a business park and homes cause a furore and 250 people attended a protest meeting.
Residents are concerned about the loss of green space and wildlife, drainage problems, flooding, traffic, road safety and the future of a riding school.
The exhibition at Newman College continues today, and another will be held at the Spindles shopping centre a week tomorrow (9am-5pm).
Most of the visitors were vehemently opposed to the idea of development.
Foxdenton LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) - made up of North-West- based Seddon Group and property development company Grasscroft Property - has worked with the council to develop the proposals.
The partnership says the development could create more than 2,000 jobs, and 160 full-time construction jobs a year for up to eight years.
Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, transport and planning, said: “It’s very important that people let us know their views and thoughts and we can assure them they will be taken on board.”
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