Greenfield

Ryebank Fields are GREENFIELD. The Greater Manchester Open Data Infrastructure Map (GMODIN) produced by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the 10 councils that make up Greater Manchester, clearly shows that the land is classed as greenfield. Plus Ryebank Fields is NOT included in the Brownfield register for Greater Manchester. Paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework states: local planning authorities should use the full range of planning tools available, including brownfield registers…

TV news

Watch this short news piece on That’s TV Manchester about our campaign to save Ryebank Fields from housing development.

Constitution and elected members

Thank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural AGM on Wednesday 23rd October 2019. It was a really well attended meeting where we formally adopted our constitution and elected our committee. We are very pleased to say that we are now a legally constituted group and as such will be seeking to be involved at every stage of consultations with Manchester Metropolitan University, in relation to their ongoing development proposals for Ryebank Fields, which we will, of course, continue to oppose.

Final development framework

Manchester Metropolitan University’s final development framework for Ryebank Fields which was approved by Manchester City Council in July 2019 can be viewed here. The framework is now part of the planning process and any future development proposals will have to be measured against these guidelines alongside other considerations. This document updates the draft development framework which was consulted on in 2017. The principle difference between the two frameworks is a proposal to build 120 rather than 70 new homes.

The art of protest

‘Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition’ ran between 4-8 March 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University's Link Gallery. The exhibition ws organised and curated by MMU art student, Josie Tothill. The exhibition was a community coming together to celebrate Ryebank Fields. It was a rallying call to protect nature and fight privatisation everywhere.

Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition

Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition 4th - 8th March MMU Link Gallery You are invited to attend ‘Save Ryebank Fields - An Exhibition’. The launch event will be on Monday 4th March from 6pm, and the exhibition runs until 8th March. The exhibition is organised and curated by MMU art student, Josie Tothill, to celebrate Ryebank Fields and protest about the privatisation and destruction of this much loved green space.

Meeting with Manchester City Council

We have an update from the meeting between our group and Manchester City Council (MCC) which took place on 28/01/19. We have tried to be factual in our summary rather than emotive but please let us know your thoughts. 1) Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are coming up with a new Development Framework for Ryebank Fields which is most likely to be adopted by MCC. This is the next step towards a planning application.

Analysis of the “community-led housing” event

Along with several other members of the Friends of Ryebank Fields, I attended the Chorlton “Community Led” Housing Group (CCLHG) event which took place on 4th December 2018, at St. John’s School, right next to Ryebank Fields. (They are wisely not calling it a “consultation”.) This is the minority group that supports the building of homes on Ryebank Fields, which appears to consist of a handful of Labour Party (and ex-Labour) activists.

Leaflet

The Friends of Ryebank Fields have been dropping leaflets in and around Chorlton over the last few weeks. The leaflet explains why we think Ryebank Fields should be saved from the threat of development. If you missed your copy you can read it here.

Fundraiser gig

A gig was held at the Chorlton Irish Club on 3 November to raise funds for the Friends of Ryebank Fields. The event was co-organised with the Chorlton and Stretford Socialist Club, a non-party affiliated group for those who self-identify as being on the left. The main purpose of the gig was to raise money for further campaigning and leafleting, and we raised £320. The evening started with talks from Nigel Woodcock, Paul Harnett, and Julie Ryan.