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Greenfield Every Time

Green belts are much in the news at the moment as campaigners all over the country strive to protect them from the tsunami of unwanted and unnecessary low-density development being forced on them. But despite this gathering tide of public opinion, you still see Sprawl Lobby practitioners moaning tha...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 March 2017

The Fourteen Year Itch

There is quite an irony in the decision to call the housing white paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market. It was with that very objective in mind that HM Treasury, no less than 14 years ago, began its assault on the planning system and the environment that has so damaged our land. The Treasury-apos-...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 February 2017

Petrolhead Paradise

Almost five years ago, the then deputy prime minister Nick Clegg offered a conference three alternative ways of meeting housing shortages. We could, he said, either condemn ourselves to damaging the countryside by haphazard urban sprawl, we could cram ever more people into cities, concreting over ga...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 February 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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