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ISSUE 128 • MAY 2019 ALSO COVERING BOLTON • BURY AND SURROUNDING AREAS FREE YOUR LOCAL Inde endent ROCHDALE HEYWOOD Web: . Phone: Karen Simpson 01706 368628 Email: SHOWROOM: Church Place, Hartley Street, Heywood OL10 1LT Just call in to see us at our showroom, we aremore than just a furniture store F I N D E V E R Y T H I N G F O R Y O U R AT SIMPSONS FURNITURE Perfec Hom Our emphasis is on superb quality and customer satisfaction. Simpson Furniture provide top quality British & Italian suites, chairs & furniture - traditional, unique & contemporary! We also stock totally unique accessories that you won’t nd anywhere else! Manufacturers of blinds • Fast Service 3Vertical Blinds £99 We do roller,venetian and all your blind needs. For a FREE appointment or quote please contact us on • Rollers/Venetians/Conservatories Tel: 01706 550510 07533 293380 SUITES MADE TO YOUR OWN REQUIREMENTS MYRTLE GROVE, BACUP ROAD, RAWTENSTALL 01706 831630 RE-COVER & REPAIR SERVICES AVAILABLE • • OPEN 7 DAYS NO MIDDLEMAN • BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER LARGE RANGE OF BEDS AT FACTORY PRICES P.Wolfenden Heating,Wood Burning Stoves & Plumbing Call Phil on: Mobile: 07985 259557 Tel: 0161 797 7762 e: • Central Heating Systems • Condensing Boilers • System Conversions to Combi • Breakdowns / Servic- ing / Repairs • Unvented HotWater • LandlordSafety Cerificates • FullSystemPower Flushes • Cookers & Gas Fires • Baxi 10YearWarranty • HETASApproved Wood Burning Stove Installer • Free Quotes CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a new housing estate at a golf course have been refused by Rochdale Council plan- ning committee. The scheme would have seen 65 new three and four-bedroom houses built on the practise greens at North Manchester Golf Club, inMiddleton. As part of the plans, the clubhouse and green keepers store would have been demolished and rebuilt else- where on the site, while a replace- ment car park with 33 extra spaces would also have been created. But councillors on the planning committee have turned down the ap- plication, which was first lodged by Countryside Properties and North Manchester Golf Club back in 2016. The council planning depart- ment’s report says the 4.5 hectare development would have an ‘unac- ceptable impact on a green space corridor that provides welcome vi- sual relief from urban development, including attractive views’. The report adds that the proposed homes were not of the type of ‘high value housing’ the borough needs. The size and scale of the hous- es – including ‘varying heights’ and ‘large expanses of roof planes’ – is also heavily criticised in the report. It states: ‘Their elevated position and proximity to the Manchester Road highway, would result in close- ly packed, top heavy, bulky forms of development that would be visually dominant and conspicuous in the street scene’. The council said it had suggested changes to the proposal which would have made it acceptable, but the applicant was ‘unwilling to amend the plans’. The application attracted 37 ob- jections on the public, as well as one letter in support. Those opposed to the plans cited a loss of open space and the exis- tence of alternative brownfield sites elsewhere in the borough. They also claimed the application went against council policies. However, the project was backed by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs. South Middleton ward councillor, Peter Williams said that, while some residents would have welcomed the drainage improvements, he believes the council came to the right decision. He said: “We did consult with residents and a lot of them had mixed feelings about whether it was a good thing or a bad thing. There wasn’t a consensus. But my own view is that maintaining that green corridor through to the green belt from Alkrington Woods is pret- ty important.” Golf course homes scheme bunkered The clubhouse at North Manchester Golf Club. Planners have turned down plans to build a housing estate on part of the site Business ––– PAGE 4 ––– EDUCATION ––– PAGE 8 ––– Wine and Dine ––– PAGES 14-15 ––– BEST OF ROCHDALE ––– PAGES 16-17 ––– Spring Health & Beauty ––– PAGES 20-21 ––– INSIDE THIS ISSUE: PAGES 15 & 17: WIN £50 IN OUR GREAT COMPETITIONS : Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalindependent