Voters should voice their opinions on Bradford Council’s district-wide plans for housing and development before it is too late, warns a ward councillor.
And Coun Val Townend (Con, Baildon) is angry that the Draft Core Strategy Document of the Council’s local plan has not been physically on display at her local library.
“This is a vital document which will dictate development for the next 15 years, so it’s imperative that people see it and comment on it before the deadline of March 31. Otherwise, frankly – it’s tough.
“Without those comments it will go on to the Secretary of State, who will think everyone’s happy with what might happen,” Coun Townend said.
“I fear most Baildon residents aren’t aware that if they don’t object or comment by the end of the month it will be too late.
“And I know that there people are horrified that the district council wants to build another 450 houses here – without any infrastructure,” she said.
Baildon Town Council has already registered its concerns about so many new homes without detailed road improvements.
Town councillor Peter Ashton said: “A further 450 houses will make traffic congestion in this area critical.
“Baildon Town Council believes that the Local Plan for Bradford is unsound in that it requires further house-building and commercial development within Baildon without the necessary infrastructure and transport improvements being guaranteed.”
Councillor Townend said it was wrong that a hard copy of the Draft Core Strategy Document was not available for view at Baildon library.
“It’s on display at Bradford, Bingley, Shipley and Keighley libraries, but not at Baildon.
“It is on the web, but not everyone has the internet, although everyone has the right to comment on the plans,” she said.
No-one from Bradford Council was available for comment yesterday.