Eddy Fox

I live locally and love Ryebank Fields as it is, but Chorlton is already well-stocked with parks and greenspace. With the critical need for housing in our cities and pressure on our greenbelt, it seems selfish to oppose all development of this space. As a landscape architect, I am highly conscious of the health and environmental benefits of green infrastructure, but also of the need for integrated communities. This is a uniquely challenging site and not one where you can just roll out a standardised suburban housing model. Socially homogenous, highly car dependent communities may be inevitable in the fringes of the city, but not in a mixed urban neighbourhood. Ryebank Fields presents an opportunity to set new standards for the more equitable, sustainable communities which Manchester urgently needs. It is also an ideal site to test ideas like car-sharing and co-housing, models which we need to adopt to create more liveable cities for the future. This will also help minimise the impacts on the mature trees and environmental value of the site. If the land is to be lost as a public space, I would like to see a socially mixed, affordable, low car, low carbon community, which contributes positively to Chorlton and Manchester, without clogging up our streets and pushing up house prices still further.