Tong and Fulneck Valley Association's final battle to save green belt

The Reverend Canon Gordon Dey, chairman of the Tong and Fulneck Valley Association

The Reverend Canon Gordon Dey, chairman of the Tong and Fulneck Valley Association

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Campaigners fighting to save the green belt from development are gearing up for their final battle.

The Tong and Fulneck Valley Association, which opposes plans to sacrifice green belt land in the Tong Valley for homes, hopes to persuade Government inspectors to throw out the Bradford Council proposals.

Its chairman, the Rev Canon Gordon Dey, said: “Essentially, it’s the last real chance. Of course, we will never stop fighting and when they start putting in planning applications we will oppose those as well.

“I will climb a tree and live in it if I have to. We will never stop.”

The Council is currently working on its Local Plan, a blueprint for development across the district until 2030. So far, the authority has finalised the plan’s Core Strategy, which sets out housing targets in particular areas.

Although this does not earmark specific sites for development, it does include plans for 6,000 new homes in south east Bradford, including a major ‘urban extension’ of Holme Wood into the green belt towards Tong.

Areas of green belt land deemed most at threat include a 45-hectare site between Raikes Lane and Tong Street and a 29-hectare site off Westgate Hill Street, which the Council has previously said could be suitable for 1,929 homes.

But the Core Strategy now needs to be approved by Government planning inspectors and the Tong Valley campaigners hope to persuade the inspectors to throw it out.

Four public meetings are being held to encourage people to contact the inspectors with their objections before the deadline of March 31.

Councillor Val Slater (Lab), executive member for planning at Bradford Council, said: “I would remind people that before we put the Local Plan forward, the Executive accepted a neighbourhood development plan about Holme Wood, and that had been through an extensive consultation.”

The public meetings will be held at 10am on Saturday at Tong Schoolroom, at 6pm on Monday at Holme Church, Holme Wood, at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Fulneck Boys’ Brigade and at 7pm on Tuesday, March 18, at East Bierley Cricket Club.

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10:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

So much for Coun. Slater's brownfield first commitment. She and the rest of our spinless Council just give in to the profit demands of greedy developers every time.
So much for Coun. Slater's brownfield first commitment. She and the rest of our spinless Council just give in to the profit demands of greedy developers every time. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 6

10:05am Fri 7 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

If Coun. Slater isn't going to build on the brownfields, what is she, and the rest of the Council, going to do with them? Just leave them to rot for centuries to come? You can't trust a Labour administration to keep is promises.
If Coun. Slater isn't going to build on the brownfields, what is she, and the rest of the Council, going to do with them? Just leave them to rot for centuries to come? You can't trust a Labour administration to keep is promises. pcmanners
  • Score: 4

11:11am Fri 7 Mar 14

ertnec says...

It's about time Gordon Dey and his very few hanger' on's (8) gave it a rest, He has said before about Climbing in a Tree it's about time he did it or shut up.
No one likes development especially if its in your back yard, but come on Bradford needs investment and if people want new homes why not. Yes Brown belt should be looked at first but Greenbelt Land if available should be built on. The population is getting bigger as we speak, I know of people waiting n housing lists years and not getting any where. Those who live near Greenbelt bought their houses not the Green Fields around them. Many off the people affected want new build around them, those that don't
tuff. Gordon and his group have not got the full facts and if so why are their not telling the truith and miss leading people with the wrong information.
It's about time Gordon Dey and his very few hanger' on's (8) gave it a rest, He has said before about Climbing in a Tree it's about time he did it or shut up. No one likes development especially if its in your back yard, but come on Bradford needs investment and if people want new homes why not. Yes Brown belt should be looked at first but Greenbelt Land if available should be built on. The population is getting bigger as we speak, I know of people waiting n housing lists years and not getting any where. Those who live near Greenbelt bought their houses not the Green Fields around them. Many off the people affected want new build around them, those that don't tuff. Gordon and his group have not got the full facts and if so why are their not telling the truith and miss leading people with the wrong information. ertnec
  • Score: -4

12:42pm Fri 7 Mar 14

linebacker2 says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
So much for Coun. Slater's brownfield first commitment. She and the rest of our spinless Council just give in to the profit demands of greedy developers every time.
NIMBY's consistently use the term "greedy developers". like it or not we live in a capitalist system and all businesses are "greedy".

If you don't like this system, try living in a state planned country.
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: So much for Coun. Slater's brownfield first commitment. She and the rest of our spinless Council just give in to the profit demands of greedy developers every time.[/p][/quote]NIMBY's consistently use the term "greedy developers". like it or not we live in a capitalist system and all businesses are "greedy". If you don't like this system, try living in a state planned country. linebacker2
  • Score: 3

3:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gwebbo says...

Old yeb site on parry lane left derelict for years build houses on there and tidy the area up its a brown field site save our precious green belt.
Old yeb site on parry lane left derelict for years build houses on there and tidy the area up its a brown field site save our precious green belt. gwebbo
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

linebacker2 wrote:
BaildonGuy wrote:
So much for Coun. Slater's brownfield first commitment. She and the rest of our spinless Council just give in to the profit demands of greedy developers every time.
NIMBY's consistently use the term "greedy developers". like it or not we live in a capitalist system and all businesses are "greedy".

If you don't like this system, try living in a state planned country.
You should do your homework. It's more than possible to have a responsible capitalism that responds to, and balances, the needs of all its stakeholders. Greed is good belongs to the flawed Anglo-American flavour which gave us, amongst other things, the banking crisis and sky high utility bills and will, unless something is done to stop it, destroy what's left of our countryside.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: So much for Coun. Slater's brownfield first commitment. She and the rest of our spinless Council just give in to the profit demands of greedy developers every time.[/p][/quote]NIMBY's consistently use the term "greedy developers". like it or not we live in a capitalist system and all businesses are "greedy". If you don't like this system, try living in a state planned country.[/p][/quote]You should do your homework. It's more than possible to have a responsible capitalism that responds to, and balances, the needs of all its stakeholders. Greed is good belongs to the flawed Anglo-American flavour which gave us, amongst other things, the banking crisis and sky high utility bills and will, unless something is done to stop it, destroy what's left of our countryside. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

keep the faith ✊ says...

That's all we need..... An extension to holmewood!!!! I drove through there once, I felt like an extra on Ben hur....
That's all we need..... An extension to holmewood!!!! I drove through there once, I felt like an extra on Ben hur.... keep the faith ✊
  • Score: -1

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