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Winners, Losers And Litigants

Last week I wondered in this blog if the Government proposals for assessing what it chose to call housing need would provoke endless legal challenges. I was challenged myself, though mercifully not in the courts, by someone who pointed out there would be no danger of this as the consultation paper p...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 October 2017

Congestion, Capacity, Carbon, Confusion

Congestion, Capacity, Carbon are the priorities for national infrastructure. Or so the new National Infrastructure Commission report says. I think one could add another issue that needs to be addressed. Confusion. The Consultation on a National Infrastructure Assessment launched by the National Infr...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 October 2017

Bring On The Lawyers

Lawyer-led planning is probably not something anyone would want. But that could be the way we are heading. As our report this year demonstrated, Garden Towns and Garden Villages are neither towns nor villages. They tend to be low-density, car-dependent suburbs, unwanted by anyone except their develo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 11 October 2017

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Bradford goes for hypersprawl

Added on 14 September 2016

Conservation campaigners have hit out against Bradford City Council core strategy, now approved by an examiner, for proposing to build 11,000 of the city 42,100 planned homes on its green belt.

Examiner Stephen J Pratt recommended approval of the Bradford District Core Strategy Development Plan Document following hearings last year and this, subject to some modifications.

He accepted the Council plea that the greenfield sprawl is necessary to provide enough homes.

Were pleased the inspector has backed our approach to prioritize brownfield development but there will be some tough decisions to be made about green belt land, which is why were encouraging as many people as possible to take part in further consultations on the land allocations document, said executive member for regeneration Alex Ross-Shaw.

But Campaign to Protect Rural England West Yorkshire planner Andrew Wood said the Strategy is based on unattainable housing numbers and is set up to fail, especially disappointing given the green belt loss.
"There are also huge problems looming with the scale of growth proposed in Airedale and Wharfedale, which straddle the border between Leeds and Bradford and are under development pressure from both cities," he said.

The traffic congestion and resulting impacts of air pollution and noise pollution along those valleys has been largely glossed over in the local plan. CPRE and local communities will continue to work hard to defend Bradford’s countryside."

He said there is still an opportunity to influence how and when land comes forward, and to limit the impacts of the proposed urban extension in the beautiful Tong Valley.
“Brownfield sites should be developed first and house builders should not be allowed to cherry pick the green belt sites,” he said.

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