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Disposal of Glebe Street land to be signed off

Lancashire Telegraph: Handover of Glebe Street land to be signed off Handover of Glebe Street land to be signed off

COUNCILLORS are finally set to sign off a controversial disposal of land in Burnley Wood.

Hundreds of residents have opposed plans to hand over the area, bounded by Glebe Street, Kirkgate and Parkinson Street, to housing developer Keepmoat. The long-running saga saw Burnley Wood Youth and Community Group’s Glebe Street HQ demolished last month.

Keepmoat, which has plann-ing permission to build 117 homes on the site, won the right to use the ex-recreation ground for housing in December. But, in January, the final disposal of land was delayed after Liberal Democrats appealed the decision, only for the council to determine that its original decision was legal.

Now the disposal has been recommended for approval by council officers, despite a 465-signature petition objecting to the move. In a report to the council’s executive tonight, council officer Anthony Saulle, says: “The development facilitated by the disposal of the land will make an important contribution to the future of Burnley Wood.

“On balance, the need to progress regeneration of the area, and provide homes to realise aspirations for developing a sustainable community, significantly outweighs the considerations raised in the objections.”

Coun Jeff Sumner, who campaigned for the Glebe Street building to be maintained, said: “It could be the last throw of the dice regarding legalities, but I do believe the council has really scrutinised the details this time. We will talk to Keep-moat about facilities once they take over the land and, as long as there’s still a chance, we’ll keep fighting.”

If the disposal is approved, Burnley’s Lib Dem group is expected to ask Secretary of State Eric Pickles if the decision can be called-in.

But Coun Mark Townsend, Labour deputy leader, said: “It has been a difficult decision to use the land for housing, but I am convinced it is in the best interests of Burnley Wood going forward.”

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5:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Timefor says...

"Hundreds of residents have opposed plans to hand over the area, bounded by Glebe Street, Kirkgate and Parkinson Street, to housing developer Keepmoat. The long-running saga saw Burnley Wood Youth and Community Group’s Glebe Street HQ demolished last month"

If ever there was an example of what we need ie bottom up, people-powered systems and services where all of us are listened to and get a real say. I happen to believe that the best framework for supporting and building that involvement is public ownership, not privatised, unaccountable, bureaucracies.

However, for sure, what we do need and many of us want is truly accountable public democracy, which is about people, not top-down control. Let's create a brighter future for us all and work together to make our futures genuinely people-powered.
"Hundreds of residents have opposed plans to hand over the area, bounded by Glebe Street, Kirkgate and Parkinson Street, to housing developer Keepmoat. The long-running saga saw Burnley Wood Youth and Community Group’s Glebe Street HQ demolished last month" If ever there was an example of what we need ie bottom up, people-powered systems and services where all of us are listened to and get a real say. I happen to believe that the best framework for supporting and building that involvement is public ownership, not privatised, unaccountable, bureaucracies. However, for sure, what we do need and many of us want is truly accountable public democracy, which is about people, not top-down control. Let's create a brighter future for us all and work together to make our futures genuinely people-powered. Timefor
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