Bradford Council debate on housing sparks row

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Imran Hussain Councillor Imran Hussain

Four words said at a Bradford Council meeting have sparked a blazing row between the Labour administration and the Conservative opposition.

On Tuesday, the full Council had a debate about the authority’s Local Plan, a blueprint for where housing and industry should be built over the coming 17 years.

They were voting on whether to approve the plan’s Core Strategy, which set out overall housing number targets and suggested the loss of some green belt land, among other things.

During a heated debate, the Council’s deputy leader, Councillor Imran Hussain, gave an impassioned speech in favour of the plan, in which he told the Conservatives: “You’re gonna get houses.”

The Conservatives say they were so shocked by the remark they voted against the plan. Although this was not enough to de-rail it, they say they were taking a stand at what they saw as Coun Hussain pre-empting the whole process.

Councillor Glen Miller, leader of the Conservative group, said before the meeting his party had not yet decided whether to vote for the plan, against it or abstain, but Coun Hussain’s comments had pushed them into opposing it.

He said: “We were all stunned when Councillor Imran Hussain, the deputy leader of the Council, came out and surprisingly candidly told us, ‘You’re gonna get houses’, before shouting it at us again.”

But Coun Hussain has since accused the Conservatives of “the worst type of immature politics”.

He said: “We have a need for 42,000 houses in the district – that’s what our strategy has come back with. I said we need houses and we are going to get houses. I didn’t pre-empt anything.”

He said more housing, especially affordable housing, was badly needed.

He added: “This is even going below what we would normally expect from the Conservatives.”

Councillor Val Slater, executive member for planning, said of the Conservatives’ argument: “It just got a bit petty, if you ask me.”

Despite voting against the plan, the Conservatives added in 16 amendments, which highlighted the importance of developing high speed broadband in rural areas and improving public transport links and highways.

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10:49am Fri 13 Dec 13

ertnec says...

We here more and more about building new homes is it not time that we got to see them built, in the area that I live BD4 (Tong Ward) proposed homes are to be built and its good to see we might know see them. Certain people dont want them and go around selling people so with the wrong information these people are only bothered about the price of there private houses being affected unfortunately thats what you get when buying your own you neither know whats behind the corner.
We here more and more about building new homes is it not time that we got to see them built, in the area that I live BD4 (Tong Ward) proposed homes are to be built and its good to see we might know see them. Certain people dont want them and go around selling people so with the wrong information these people are only bothered about the price of there private houses being affected unfortunately thats what you get when buying your own you neither know whats behind the corner. ertnec

12:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

The Labour Council don't understand democracy obviously, and it appears they care less about our green belt.
The Labour Council don't understand democracy obviously, and it appears they care less about our green belt. alive and awake

1:13pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Albion. says...

I imagine this runs a little deeper for the Conservative group, as they see criminals in prominent positions within the council.
I imagine this runs a little deeper for the Conservative group, as they see criminals in prominent positions within the council. Albion.

1:29pm Fri 13 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.
The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going. RollandSmoke

7:42pm Fri 13 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.
I suspect the unexplained rise in the death of pensioners is once again down to education. The educated have always been longer lived. Note I say educated, not wealthy or privaliged. could be the uneducated elderly are entirely sick of the day time TV. Family letting them down, no interests, they cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
My advise would be! Stop loaning your waste of space offspring money, ignore their sob stories. Most of all stop watching ITV television oh and
Eastenders.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.[/p][/quote]I suspect the unexplained rise in the death of pensioners is once again down to education. The educated have always been longer lived. Note I say educated, not wealthy or privaliged. could be the uneducated elderly are entirely sick of the day time TV. Family letting them down, no interests, they cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. My advise would be! Stop loaning your waste of space offspring money, ignore their sob stories. Most of all stop watching ITV television oh and Eastenders. alive and awake

8:16pm Fri 13 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.
I suspect the unexplained rise in the death of pensioners is once again down to education. The educated have always been longer lived. Note I say educated, not wealthy or privaliged. could be the uneducated elderly are entirely sick of the day time TV. Family letting them down, no interests, they cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
My advise would be! Stop loaning your waste of space offspring money, ignore their sob stories. Most of all stop watching ITV television oh and
Eastenders.
So which government is to blame for the elderly being "uneducated"? How does this explain a 25,000 spike in the rates of deaths? I will agree with you on stopping TV consumption as Soap opera plots are thinly veiled attempts at social engineering and the News is no more than propaganda. Everything else being mind numbing trivia designed to keep you distracted. I can understand the argument that under the present government some may have simply given up the will to live. For most of them any wealth they will have will be down to the artificially inflated housing market, oh and the fact that when they were working jobs actually paid a reasonable wage.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.[/p][/quote]I suspect the unexplained rise in the death of pensioners is once again down to education. The educated have always been longer lived. Note I say educated, not wealthy or privaliged. could be the uneducated elderly are entirely sick of the day time TV. Family letting them down, no interests, they cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. My advise would be! Stop loaning your waste of space offspring money, ignore their sob stories. Most of all stop watching ITV television oh and Eastenders.[/p][/quote]So which government is to blame for the elderly being "uneducated"? How does this explain a 25,000 spike in the rates of deaths? I will agree with you on stopping TV consumption as Soap opera plots are thinly veiled attempts at social engineering and the News is no more than propaganda. Everything else being mind numbing trivia designed to keep you distracted. I can understand the argument that under the present government some may have simply given up the will to live. For most of them any wealth they will have will be down to the artificially inflated housing market, oh and the fact that when they were working jobs actually paid a reasonable wage. RollandSmoke

9:55pm Fri 13 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.
Whatever the Tories are doing you can be assured that it will be on time and under budget. Just ask IDS.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: The coming civil war will solve the housing crisis although the cull of the weak and vulnerable combined with the "unexplained rise" in the death rates of pensioners should have made some inroads into the problem. This genocidal policy by the government is a stroke of evil genius by the Tories it's just a shame they are hiding the true figures so we can't gauge how well the cull is going.[/p][/quote]Whatever the Tories are doing you can be assured that it will be on time and under budget. Just ask IDS. MontyLeMar

10:51pm Mon 16 Dec 13

trevorwilkie says...

That's a smart answer from a Labour supporter, remember it was your lot that got us into this trouble in the first place, again.
Anyway about the housing problem and this statement by the Labour Councillor it just show's they do whatever want and it show's by there own arrogance.
That's a smart answer from a Labour supporter, remember it was your lot that got us into this trouble in the first place, again. Anyway about the housing problem and this statement by the Labour Councillor it just show's they do whatever want and it show's by there own arrogance. trevorwilkie

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