SAVE RYEBANK FIELDS


MMU HAVE SELECTED ‘STEP PLACES’ AND ‘SOUTHWAY HOUSING TRUST’ AS PREFERRED DEVELOPERS FOR THE RYEBANK FIELDS SITE

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SAVE RYEBANK FIELDS?

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This is why we need to save Ryebank Fields:

Ryebank Fields is a 4.6 hectare patch of open green space in Chorlton, South Manchester. Once part of the Forest of Arden it later became arable land and was at one time part of the Egerton Estate. The land was used as clay pits by Jackson’s Brickworks. When the brickworks closed the pits filled with water and the area became a playground for local children. After the second world war the pits were then filled in with rubble and waste and later remediated by the City Parks’ Department before being gifted by Manchester City Council to Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) for use as playing fields. The University abandoned the fields in 1996, since when the land has re-wilded itself into a mosaic of natural habitats. It is a fantastic green area accessible to all and a well used and loved Community asset.

Currently Ryebank Fields is under threat of development from Manchester Metropolitan University who are in the process of selling the fields to property developers. A development framework has been adopted by Manchester City Council with proposals for 120 houses. Subsequently, MMU commissioned a number of reports as part of the process of selling the site to a developer.

As part of the campaign to Save Ryebank Fields, the Friends of Ryebank Fields (FORF) group was established in 2018 with the express aim of opposing any development of the site. FORF are continuing to commission reports which challenge statements in the MMU reports, and are employing a planning consultant on how best to oppose any planning application which may eventually be brought forward. These have been funded by donations and crowdfunding, and further appeals will need to be made.

On a more positive front, FORF continue to promote the attractions of the site, for example through events and activities on site, publishing video interviews with locals and a series of stunning photographs capturing the natural beauty on its Facebook page. It has also generated a series of press stories, with the Manchester Evening News now taking an interest – see the Media tab.

If you would like to support FORF, please sign the petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/give-ryebank-fields-back-to-the-people and sign up to our email list – and please look out for any funding appeals.