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Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For

There has been much understandable relief that chancellor Philip Hammond ignored calls from flaky think-tanks for wholesale releases of land in green belts for housing. But his Budget was very far from good news in many other ways. There were a few good things in it on the brownfield housing front a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 November 2017

Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 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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