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We are delighted that Manchester City Council’s education department has decided not to build a school on the popular open space at Nutsford Vale, despite having received planning permission earlier this year.
With our member, the Friends of Nutsford Vale, we opposed the planning application on this council-owned park on the borders of Longsight, Levenshulme and Gorton, in south-east Manchester. There were 162 objectors, including the Manchester and Salford Ramblers, and Greater Manchester Pedestrian Society.
The planning application was for a school building, sports hall, car-park and other facilities. The development, occupying about 5.5 hectares, would have destroyed nearly half the total area of the park. It would also have involved the felling of around 3,000 mature trees to make way for the buildings. The trees are important in fending off pollution and flooding.
Despite the immense opposition, the council gave planning permission but the society has learnt that it will not now be implemented.
We consider it to be wonderful news that the school will not now be needed and the park has been saved. It is a splendid education centre in itself. Here people may walk in peace and quiet and children can play and learn about nature. This area has a shortage of green space for public enjoyment, which makes Nutsford Vale all the more precious.