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The Right Homes In The Right Places

Six days of debate were promised on the Government programme set out in the Queens Speech and, out of a sense of duty, I read through the discussions of housing and social care on 22 June. I hope I saved you the trouble, because little of it was very edifying. Despite a background of near-zero socia...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 23 June 2017

The Times Have Become Interesting

Just when you thought that politics had become predictable, even a first-past-the-post electoral system manages to throw up a result to surprise everyone. Interesting times indeed. And even though the new Government looks superficially like the old, despite the addition of Democratic Unionist Party ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 June 2017

Corridor Vision

One of the oddities of the garden city movement is its obsession with the northern Home Counties and the south-east Midlands. Perhaps this is because the area was the location of its only two garden cities and the first of the new towns they spawned, at Stevenage. Or perhaps it-apos-s because the mo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 May 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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