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A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

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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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