Opposition leaders say Bradford Council policy should concentrate on brown fields

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Simon Cooke Councillor Simon Cooke

Huge swathes of greenfield sites could be swallowed up for housing under Bradford Council’s proposals for future land use, opposition councillors have warned.

To satisfy Government requirements, the Council has to earmark enough land in its Core Strategy document to accommodate 42,100 homes between now and 2030.

The proposals went on public display yesterday for a new period of public consultation and suggest that up to 11,000 of these homes could be built on Green Belt areas.

But Councillor Simon Cooke, Conservative deputy leader and spokesman for housing, planning and transport, said that did not seem “plausible” and would fail to meet the district’s housing needs.

He said: “There is a very real risk that in ten years’ time, we will have lost 900 acres of open fields, while hundreds of acres of brownfield land is undeveloped in the city. The proposals for housing in the urban areas around the city are often neither viable nor deliverable.

“Once Green Belt land is gone it is gone, and at that time we may end up having to look at building on more, while proposing the exact same brownfield sites that are proposed at present.”

The Council states that while there is a need to develop some Green Belt locations to accommodate housing growth, the principle at the heart of the strategy is one of regeneration, to make the most efficient use of urban and previously developed land.

Coun Val Slater, the Labour-run authority’s executive member for housing, planning and transport, said: “We have identified brownfield sites for development, but unfortunately there are not enough of those sites to meet the district’s needs.

“Unfortunately the ‘brownfield sites first’ policy was abolished nationally, so we have less power to make developers use brownfield land first.

“Regrettably we will have to look at developing greenfield sites, but it is vital that these sites are not the most valuable and unique lands that make up our great district.”

Coun Jeanette Sunderland, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said it was easier for the Council to give in to developers’ demands for Green Belt land rather than converting buildings that could provide “thousands of homes” in the city centre.

The Core Strategy Publication Draft is available for inspection at the Council offices and at main libraries, and can be downloaded at bradford.gov.uk/LDF. Representations can be sent to ldf.consultation @bradford.gov.uk, or by post to Local Plan Group, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Second Floor, South Jacobs Well, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD1 5RW.

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6:40am Tue 18 Feb 14

allannicho says...

They will make a mess of it choose what, amateurs !
They will make a mess of it choose what, amateurs ! allannicho
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6:57am Tue 18 Feb 14

linebacker2 says...

Usual story of those proposing brownfield developments - they wouldn't live in one themselves...
Usual story of those proposing brownfield developments - they wouldn't live in one themselves... linebacker2
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8:01am Tue 18 Feb 14

mad matt says...

What about converting City Hall into affordable loft apartments? There's plenty of parking space outside as well.
Let's face it, it's not very productive as it is at the moment !
What about converting City Hall into affordable loft apartments? There's plenty of parking space outside as well. Let's face it, it's not very productive as it is at the moment ! mad matt
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8:11am Tue 18 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

not sure about brownfield, more like brown envelope!!!
wink wink...
not sure about brownfield, more like brown envelope!!! wink wink... tinytoonster
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8:41am Tue 18 Feb 14

collos25 says...

Opposition would say that woundn't they ,collectively the council have made a hash of the city centre and spend millions on useless road projects so why not make a complete mess of housing.
Opposition would say that woundn't they ,collectively the council have made a hash of the city centre and spend millions on useless road projects so why not make a complete mess of housing. collos25
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9:01am Tue 18 Feb 14

jozieme says...

Councillor Slater's words..'unfortunatel
y we will HAVE to develop some greenbelt land and then' but not the unique areas of our great city well CNllr Slater have you managed to see the Land off Cote lane Allerton where 150 plus houses are to be developed..This greenbelt land leading to Pitty beck is totally Unique and beautiful it's thousands of years old and should be for the inheritence of new generations.Proposal
s for 4 and 5 bedroomed detached houses (who can afford them???) it;s sacriliage We have one main road ,Cote lane (already a racetrack.) Overscribed Schools , and this has already been passed.....Any area that's beautiful is going to be developed first.... thats where the money is.Why hasn't anyone bought the huge area of land on Thornton Road that used to be Woolcombers and developed that for housing? It's easier to 'Cherry Pick' isn't it.
Councillor Slater's words..'unfortunatel y we will HAVE to develop some greenbelt land and then' but not the unique areas of our great city well CNllr Slater have you managed to see the Land off Cote lane Allerton where 150 plus houses are to be developed..This greenbelt land leading to Pitty beck is totally Unique and beautiful it's thousands of years old and should be for the inheritence of new generations.Proposal s for 4 and 5 bedroomed detached houses (who can afford them???) it;s sacriliage We have one main road ,Cote lane (already a racetrack.) Overscribed Schools , and this has already been passed.....Any area that's beautiful is going to be developed first.... thats where the money is.Why hasn't anyone bought the huge area of land on Thornton Road that used to be Woolcombers and developed that for housing? It's easier to 'Cherry Pick' isn't it. jozieme
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9:25am Tue 18 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

The clue is in the name "Brown field" who would fancy it.
There are many ex industrial sites that should be used around Bradford if we don't what are we to do with them? Woolcombers, Grattan, Fields, readily spring to mind.
If these type of sites are to be left for a number of years blighting areas, why don't the Council have a plan to grass them over, just make them green, giving the whole locality a friendlier look until the developers get round to building on them? It will have a cost, but it looks a lot better than the bomb sites they look now, and look a lot more attractive for potential home owners.
The clue is in the name "Brown field" who would fancy it. There are many ex industrial sites that should be used around Bradford if we don't what are we to do with them? Woolcombers, Grattan, Fields, readily spring to mind. If these type of sites are to be left for a number of years blighting areas, why don't the Council have a plan to grass them over, just make them green, giving the whole locality a friendlier look until the developers get round to building on them? It will have a cost, but it looks a lot better than the bomb sites they look now, and look a lot more attractive for potential home owners. alive and awake
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9:43am Tue 18 Feb 14

sorrow&anger says...

alive and awake wrote:
The clue is in the name "Brown field" who would fancy it.
There are many ex industrial sites that should be used around Bradford if we don't what are we to do with them? Woolcombers, Grattan, Fields, readily spring to mind.
If these type of sites are to be left for a number of years blighting areas, why don't the Council have a plan to grass them over, just make them green, giving the whole locality a friendlier look until the developers get round to building on them? It will have a cost, but it looks a lot better than the bomb sites they look now, and look a lot more attractive for potential home owners.
This is a thoroughly good idea. The problem with brownfields in Bradford is not the brownfields, but Bradford. In other cities, such as London, brownfield developments go for millions. If City Hall did something about the dereliction, crime and poverty there would be no problem persuading developers to opt for brownfields first. As it is, all they want to do is build commuter villages for Leeds on our greenfields. City Hall is selling Bradford short.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name "Brown field" who would fancy it. There are many ex industrial sites that should be used around Bradford if we don't what are we to do with them? Woolcombers, Grattan, Fields, readily spring to mind. If these type of sites are to be left for a number of years blighting areas, why don't the Council have a plan to grass them over, just make them green, giving the whole locality a friendlier look until the developers get round to building on them? It will have a cost, but it looks a lot better than the bomb sites they look now, and look a lot more attractive for potential home owners.[/p][/quote]This is a thoroughly good idea. The problem with brownfields in Bradford is not the brownfields, but Bradford. In other cities, such as London, brownfield developments go for millions. If City Hall did something about the dereliction, crime and poverty there would be no problem persuading developers to opt for brownfields first. As it is, all they want to do is build commuter villages for Leeds on our greenfields. City Hall is selling Bradford short. sorrow&anger
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9:56am Tue 18 Feb 14

Grumpygirl says...

Cllr. Miller and his troupe really are a load of hypocrites. Hardly a week has gone by since George Osborne's condemnation of communities opposing the development of green fields. The Tories, like City Hall, are in the pockets of the Developers. Cllr Cooke's outburst has more to do with the forthcoming elections than Tory Party policy.
Cllr. Miller and his troupe really are a load of hypocrites. Hardly a week has gone by since George Osborne's condemnation of communities opposing the development of green fields. The Tories, like City Hall, are in the pockets of the Developers. Cllr Cooke's outburst has more to do with the forthcoming elections than Tory Party policy. Grumpygirl
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10:14am Tue 18 Feb 14

mad matt says...

tinytoonster wrote:
not sure about brownfield, more like brown envelope!!!
wink wink...
That is a very good point.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: not sure about brownfield, more like brown envelope!!! wink wink...[/p][/quote]That is a very good point. mad matt
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11:04am Tue 18 Feb 14

Walkon says...

Won't need as many homes when the T&A's owners have finished exporting jobs out of the city. Not to mention the American parent company sucking out loads of cash to swell their coffers. Fewer local jobs means another ratchet downwards for local economy.
Won't need as many homes when the T&A's owners have finished exporting jobs out of the city. Not to mention the American parent company sucking out loads of cash to swell their coffers. Fewer local jobs means another ratchet downwards for local economy. Walkon
  • Score: 0

11:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

pcmanners says...

In yesterday's T&A we learnt that the Council is hoping to sell off its bits of land, most of it brownfield, for development. Yet here we have Cllr. Slater encouraging greenfield development. Does the Council ever do joined up thinking?
In yesterday's T&A we learnt that the Council is hoping to sell off its bits of land, most of it brownfield, for development. Yet here we have Cllr. Slater encouraging greenfield development. Does the Council ever do joined up thinking? pcmanners
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11:49am Tue 18 Feb 14

justjustice says...

Joined- up thinking; from the state of the education system based on the behaviour of children in the area, I would be surprised if they can do join-the-dots drawings!
Joined- up thinking; from the state of the education system based on the behaviour of children in the area, I would be surprised if they can do join-the-dots drawings! justjustice
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11:49am Tue 18 Feb 14

thornburyph says...

Is this the same councillor Cooke who stated "BD3 will get a cricket pitch over my dead body".... well councillor your welcome to this part of Bradford to see the cricket pitch. which is a shining example of what a Bradford community can do despite the negativity of the then portfolio holder.
Is this the same councillor Cooke who stated "BD3 will get a cricket pitch over my dead body".... well councillor your welcome to this part of Bradford to see the cricket pitch. which is a shining example of what a Bradford community can do despite the negativity of the then portfolio holder. thornburyph
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Tue 18 Feb 14

presstog says...

Support the NUJ strikers on strike today, who are fighting to keep local jobs on local papers.
Support the NUJ strikers on strike today, who are fighting to keep local jobs on local papers. presstog
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1:56pm Tue 18 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

Demanding massive numbers of houses to be built in deprived areas like Bradford is illogical without massive government funding to regenerate the city and create jobs. So they should build the houses where the jobs are in Leeds. and leave Bradford's green spaces alone until we see a revival in Bradford's economy.
Demanding massive numbers of houses to be built in deprived areas like Bradford is illogical without massive government funding to regenerate the city and create jobs. So they should build the houses where the jobs are in Leeds. and leave Bradford's green spaces alone until we see a revival in Bradford's economy. basil fawlty
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3:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

linebacker2 says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Demanding massive numbers of houses to be built in deprived areas like Bradford is illogical without massive government funding to regenerate the city and create jobs. So they should build the houses where the jobs are in Leeds. and leave Bradford's green spaces alone until we see a revival in Bradford's economy.
Any city in the country would be prosperous if it was spoon fed public money in the manner of Leeds. The latest one..£17million for a new entrance to the back of Leeds City Station. and this isn't the terminal of the HS2 link.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Demanding massive numbers of houses to be built in deprived areas like Bradford is illogical without massive government funding to regenerate the city and create jobs. So they should build the houses where the jobs are in Leeds. and leave Bradford's green spaces alone until we see a revival in Bradford's economy.[/p][/quote]Any city in the country would be prosperous if it was spoon fed public money in the manner of Leeds. The latest one..£17million for a new entrance to the back of Leeds City Station. and this isn't the terminal of the HS2 link. linebacker2
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3:44pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mad matt says...

linebacker2 wrote:
basil fawlty wrote:
Demanding massive numbers of houses to be built in deprived areas like Bradford is illogical without massive government funding to regenerate the city and create jobs. So they should build the houses where the jobs are in Leeds. and leave Bradford's green spaces alone until we see a revival in Bradford's economy.
Any city in the country would be prosperous if it was spoon fed public money in the manner of Leeds. The latest one..£17million for a new entrance to the back of Leeds City Station. and this isn't the terminal of the HS2 link.
No, that new entrance is so that the passengers - sorry customers, who have walked from the new HS2 terminus at the bottom of Meadow Lane, can struggle up the stairs with their heavy luggage instead of having to walk round into City Square - it's a short-cut !
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Demanding massive numbers of houses to be built in deprived areas like Bradford is illogical without massive government funding to regenerate the city and create jobs. So they should build the houses where the jobs are in Leeds. and leave Bradford's green spaces alone until we see a revival in Bradford's economy.[/p][/quote]Any city in the country would be prosperous if it was spoon fed public money in the manner of Leeds. The latest one..£17million for a new entrance to the back of Leeds City Station. and this isn't the terminal of the HS2 link.[/p][/quote]No, that new entrance is so that the passengers - sorry customers, who have walked from the new HS2 terminus at the bottom of Meadow Lane, can struggle up the stairs with their heavy luggage instead of having to walk round into City Square - it's a short-cut ! mad matt
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3:49pm Tue 18 Feb 14

awasteoftime says...

I Think Cllr Cook and his colleagues should contact No 10 Downing Street. I was told by a resident that the PM would not permit building on Green Belt no more than he would put his own children's lives at risk. I understand that this was something that Mr Cameron stated on an edition of country file on BBC TV. In view of this maybe Cllr Cook can ensure that the PM is made to keep his promise. I trust it was something that he really meant and will not now perform a U turn, if he does it means he cannot be trusted !.
How can the Council ever supply enough houses so long as the UK population is allowed to keep rising by letting people into this small island ?
It seems that all local services are already under sever pressure and being cut so how would the area cope with yet more people ?.
Come on Councillors get moving and sort this out with No 10 now.
I Think Cllr Cook and his colleagues should contact No 10 Downing Street. I was told by a resident that the PM would not permit building on Green Belt no more than he would put his own children's lives at risk. I understand that this was something that Mr Cameron stated on an edition of country file on BBC TV. In view of this maybe Cllr Cook can ensure that the PM is made to keep his promise. I trust it was something that he really meant and will not now perform a U turn, if he does it means he cannot be trusted !. How can the Council ever supply enough houses so long as the UK population is allowed to keep rising by letting people into this small island ? It seems that all local services are already under sever pressure and being cut so how would the area cope with yet more people ?. Come on Councillors get moving and sort this out with No 10 now. awasteoftime
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5:02pm Tue 18 Feb 14

BertSanders says...

42000 homes means an enormous increase in numbers in Bradford - the
roads cannot cope now with the traffic. Bradford can hardly get better over the next few years. Hospitals and infrastructure will be under pressure. I cannot believe it will or can happen..
42000 homes means an enormous increase in numbers in Bradford - the roads cannot cope now with the traffic. Bradford can hardly get better over the next few years. Hospitals and infrastructure will be under pressure. I cannot believe it will or can happen.. BertSanders
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6:58pm Tue 18 Feb 14

cockadoodledo says...

Feeling well let down by all parties, promised by Cameron that there will not be building on Greenbeltel sites.Made a pledge to us and now likely he won't keep his word.Won't vote for im again for various reasons such as the overseas aid. I Shall be voting for a brand new party UKIp.The other 3are just a waste of time!
Feeling well let down by all parties, promised by Cameron that there will not be building on Greenbeltel sites.Made a pledge to us and now likely he won't keep his word.Won't vote for im again for various reasons such as the overseas aid. I Shall be voting for a brand new party UKIp.The other 3are just a waste of time! cockadoodledo
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