Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Campaigners See Red as Bid to Protect Village Green Fails ; Neighbours Want Special Status for Site It's Not Needed, Say Town Hall Bosses

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Campaigners See Red as Bid to Protect Village Green Fails ; Neighbours Want Special Status for Site It's Not Needed, Say Town Hall Bosses

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AHISTORIC village green in Manchester will NOT be given legal protection from developers, council chiefs have ruled.

Campaigners want Chorlton Green - which has been at the heart of the trendy suburb since the 16th century - to be handed 'village green' status by Manchester council.

It would ban potential developers from radically altering the distinctive triangular green under the Commons Act 2006.

Coun Victor Chamberlain has asked council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein to use his powers under the law to make the move. But, following legal advice, Sir Howard has declined the request - saying there is no danger of the green being built on.

The green is also protected by a covenant from 1894 when landowner Lord Egerton donated it to the people of Chorlton to use as an open space.

Town hall lawyers say the covenant, and the fact that the buildings surrounding the green form a conservation area, mean that the green has adequate legal protection.

An email sent to Coun Chamberlain said: "As there are no plans in the foreseeable future to change the use of the land it is the considered opinion that the land does not require any additional legal protection, other than that already contained within the covenants, and the land will continue to be used as open space for the daily use of the public. …

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