Rethink on homes is not going far enough

14 November 2013 Posted in Press

Regarding the piece in the Telegraph & Argus on November 11, any green belt land that can be saved is good, even if it is only a very small proportion.

Greenhill Action Group has been telling the Council for four years that their calculated housing numbers are wrong, as they are using formulae that have historically produced 13,720 empty homes and we do not consider the current rethink goes far enough.
 
Green belt does not save green fields, which have not been designated green belt but are still essential to the community’s wellbeing.
 
This redistribution of housing numbers results in the City of Bradford having a nominal increase in housing of only two per cent with Airedale and South Pennine having an 18 per cent reduction against Wharfedale’s 45 per cent.
 
In Bingley we have persuaded planning panel after planning panel that the planning submissions for Sty Lane, Micklethwaite, are flawed.
 
We have also persuaded the public inquiry inspector and the Secretary of State on two occasions that the developers should not be building on our green fields.
 
We are about to receive yet another planning submission over these green fields. How many times must we win before they cannot come back again?
 
Councillor Slater may say they have listened, but have they really listened? What happened to localism?
 
Terry Brown, Chairman, Greenhill Action Group Ltd