Councillor urges people to comment on homes proposals before it is too late

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Val Townend Councillor Val Townend

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.

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8:06am Tue 11 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Please Council get on and get homes built for people to live in.
Please Council get on and get homes built for people to live in. Joedavid
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8:39am Tue 11 Mar 14

Mike Strutter says...

Where's the link then T&A ?????????
Where's the link then T&A ????????? Mike Strutter
  • Score: 4

8:50am Tue 11 Mar 14

collos25 says...

More houses will breed more people say no to any more houses anywhere in Bradford.Do not forget this council receives a lot of money from central government to have thousands of homeless refugees hoisted on us.
More houses will breed more people say no to any more houses anywhere in Bradford.Do not forget this council receives a lot of money from central government to have thousands of homeless refugees hoisted on us. collos25
  • Score: -4

9:05am Tue 11 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

Cllr. Townend is being disingenuous as usual. She knows that City Hall never pays any attention to public protests, just look at the way public opinion influenced Buck Lane This is only a way of getting her name in the papers before the elections.
Cllr. Townend is being disingenuous as usual. She knows that City Hall never pays any attention to public protests, just look at the way public opinion influenced Buck Lane This is only a way of getting her name in the papers before the elections. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 13

9:36am Tue 11 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

Has anybody bothered to look at this 'Core Strategy'?

https://www.bradford
.gov.uk/bmdc/the_env
ironment/planning_se
rvice/local_developm
ent_framework/core_s
trategy_introduction
_dpd

Taken with the local plan it runs to hundreds of thousands of words spread over thirty or forty documents. Nowhere is there a handy summary. Unless you've got hours to spare it's impossible to understand and comment on sensibly. This is City Hall doing what it does best, bamboozling the punters so that it can get its own way.
Has anybody bothered to look at this 'Core Strategy'? https://www.bradford .gov.uk/bmdc/the_env ironment/planning_se rvice/local_developm ent_framework/core_s trategy_introduction _dpd Taken with the local plan it runs to hundreds of thousands of words spread over thirty or forty documents. Nowhere is there a handy summary. Unless you've got hours to spare it's impossible to understand and comment on sensibly. This is City Hall doing what it does best, bamboozling the punters so that it can get its own way. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 14

9:54am Tue 11 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

Protest is pointless as Cllr. Townend well knows. The Council has already made up its mind. This 'Consultation' is just the required legal box ticking. The only people that were listened to in this whole process were the greedy developers who dictated how much green belt had to be handed over.
Protest is pointless as Cllr. Townend well knows. The Council has already made up its mind. This 'Consultation' is just the required legal box ticking. The only people that were listened to in this whole process were the greedy developers who dictated how much green belt had to be handed over. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 9

3:56pm Tue 11 Mar 14

taleoftruth says...

Who is this Councillor???? I've tried to get in touch with her on many occasions with no reply. Now that it's election time up she pops! Too late, I'm voting Lib Dem, only because I know they stand the best chance of kicking her out.
Who is this Councillor???? I've tried to get in touch with her on many occasions with no reply. Now that it's election time up she pops! Too late, I'm voting Lib Dem, only because I know they stand the best chance of kicking her out. taleoftruth
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Dragon Saddle says...

taleoftruth wrote:
Who is this Councillor???? I've tried to get in touch with her on many occasions with no reply. Now that it's election time up she pops! Too late, I'm voting Lib Dem, only because I know they stand the best chance of kicking her out.
Unfortunately, the only chance of the Tories losing in Baildon relies on tactical voting by Labour and Green supporters. Philip Davies seems to have convinced UKIP not to split his vote, so I wouldn't be surprised if their safe seat in Baildon is subject to a similar coup. Divide and conquer means the electorate loses, vote left but get right :-(
[quote][p][bold]taleoftruth[/bold] wrote: Who is this Councillor???? I've tried to get in touch with her on many occasions with no reply. Now that it's election time up she pops! Too late, I'm voting Lib Dem, only because I know they stand the best chance of kicking her out.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, the only chance of the Tories losing in Baildon relies on tactical voting by Labour and Green supporters. Philip Davies seems to have convinced UKIP not to split his vote, so I wouldn't be surprised if their safe seat in Baildon is subject to a similar coup. Divide and conquer means the electorate loses, vote left but get right :-( Dragon Saddle
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

allinittogether says...

“It is on the web, but not everyone has the internet, although everyone has the right to comment on the plans,” says Coun Val Townend (Con, Baildon)
Would this be the same Conservative party that insists on all job seekers and benefit claimants to be on the internet?
“It is on the web, but not everyone has the internet, although everyone has the right to comment on the plans,” says Coun Val Townend (Con, Baildon) Would this be the same Conservative party that insists on all job seekers and benefit claimants to be on the internet? allinittogether
  • Score: -1

5:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

you should all remember what the PM said on national TV in that HE would not allow development on Green Belt but if you read this document it can be seen that 11,000 new dwellings are to built on Green Belt, says all you need to know about Politicians. These new homes are needed because too many people are coming into the UK and the numbers are going up. It is not possible to build our way out of the housing shortage if the population keeps going up. A limit should be imposed on the population the country is now FULL UP. Maybe Scotland wants some more people ?
you should all remember what the PM said on national TV in that HE would not allow development on Green Belt but if you read this document it can be seen that 11,000 new dwellings are to built on Green Belt, says all you need to know about Politicians. These new homes are needed because too many people are coming into the UK and the numbers are going up. It is not possible to build our way out of the housing shortage if the population keeps going up. A limit should be imposed on the population the country is now FULL UP. Maybe Scotland wants some more people ? awasteoftime
  • Score: -1

7:01pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Ratters Rat says...

There are over 13,000 empty houses across the city of Bradford. We don't need to build any more houses . What we need is for the council to compulsory purchase these houses and bring life back into them. Think of the job opportunities this would create. For young people this could be a life line to starting a business and having a future. For people in the street road or avenue getting rid of the eyesore in their community. let's build more houses causes more problems for communities we are not addressing the real problems.
There are over 13,000 empty houses across the city of Bradford. We don't need to build any more houses . What we need is for the council to compulsory purchase these houses and bring life back into them. Think of the job opportunities this would create. For young people this could be a life line to starting a business and having a future. For people in the street road or avenue getting rid of the eyesore in their community. let's build more houses causes more problems for communities we are not addressing the real problems. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 6

12:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

This whole LDF plan by Bradford MDC is both spurious and dictatorial. Why? Because it imposes decisions upon the residents in the districts surrounding Bradford city and on green belt land,

A move is now afoot and gaining momentum to split Bradford Council into a least two parts. Airedale & Wharfedale to be a separate District Council from Bradford, with it's own decision-making and council tax-raising powers.

Both the Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins MP for Keighley & Ilkley, and Philip Davies MP for Shipley are in agreement with this change.

Without such a change, we shall be saddled with the Bradford LDF plan for 42,000+ new homes in the whole area by 2030.

I doubt that residents raising objections will have any affect on the LDF whatsoever

UKIP Candidate
Ilkley Ward
This whole LDF plan by Bradford MDC is both spurious and dictatorial. Why? Because it imposes decisions upon the residents in the districts surrounding Bradford city and on green belt land, A move is now afoot and gaining momentum to split Bradford Council into a least two parts. Airedale & Wharfedale to be a separate District Council from Bradford, with it's own decision-making and council tax-raising powers. Both the Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins MP for Keighley & Ilkley, and Philip Davies MP for Shipley are in agreement with this change. Without such a change, we shall be saddled with the Bradford LDF plan for 42,000+ new homes in the whole area by 2030. I doubt that residents raising objections will have any affect on the LDF whatsoever UKIP Candidate Ilkley Ward pjl20
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

David Shaw says...

Instead of whinging to the paper about it (actively promoting herself), why hasn't Councillor Townend, simply printed out a copy and given it to Baildon Library for the people of Baildon to read. Surely that would be simpler !!!

Baildon does need a change, and unsurprising I must differ from Dragon Saddle. A vote for Lib Dem or Tory doesn't matter, as they vote together anyway, the only way to instigate real change in Baildon is to vote Labour.
Instead of whinging to the paper about it (actively promoting herself), why hasn't Councillor Townend, simply printed out a copy and given it to Baildon Library for the people of Baildon to read. Surely that would be simpler !!! Baildon does need a change, and unsurprising I must differ from Dragon Saddle. A vote for Lib Dem or Tory doesn't matter, as they vote together anyway, the only way to instigate real change in Baildon is to vote Labour. David Shaw
  • Score: -2

3:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

David Shaw wrote:
Instead of whinging to the paper about it (actively promoting herself), why hasn't Councillor Townend, simply printed out a copy and given it to Baildon Library for the people of Baildon to read. Surely that would be simpler !!!

Baildon does need a change, and unsurprising I must differ from Dragon Saddle. A vote for Lib Dem or Tory doesn't matter, as they vote together anyway, the only way to instigate real change in Baildon is to vote Labour.
You seem to have forgot David Shaw, that Bradford Council is Labour controlled and that David Green is also it's leader.

How can voting labour possibly improve things for the city, or indeed Baildon?

The residents of much of this area are now overdue for a complete change in politics. All the old parties having screwed things up badly. both nationally and locally in recent years. Just look around you for the evidence, if you need it.

The present LDF plan for new houses won't be overturned as long as Labour control Bradford Council.
[quote][p][bold]David Shaw[/bold] wrote: Instead of whinging to the paper about it (actively promoting herself), why hasn't Councillor Townend, simply printed out a copy and given it to Baildon Library for the people of Baildon to read. Surely that would be simpler !!! Baildon does need a change, and unsurprising I must differ from Dragon Saddle. A vote for Lib Dem or Tory doesn't matter, as they vote together anyway, the only way to instigate real change in Baildon is to vote Labour.[/p][/quote]You seem to have forgot David Shaw, that Bradford Council is Labour controlled and that David Green is also it's leader. How can voting labour possibly improve things for the city, or indeed Baildon? The residents of much of this area are now overdue for a complete change in politics. All the old parties having screwed things up badly. both nationally and locally in recent years. Just look around you for the evidence, if you need it. The present LDF plan for new houses won't be overturned as long as Labour control Bradford Council. pjl20
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

The only people that can overturn CBMDC plan to build on our Green Belt is the Government as the PM said he would protect Green Belt. Perhaps Eric Pickles who was leader of CBMDC at one time can step in and speak with Dave Green and tell him NOT build on Green Belt. The other way is of course to vote UKIP at the next election.
The only people that can overturn CBMDC plan to build on our Green Belt is the Government as the PM said he would protect Green Belt. Perhaps Eric Pickles who was leader of CBMDC at one time can step in and speak with Dave Green and tell him NOT build on Green Belt. The other way is of course to vote UKIP at the next election. awasteoftime
  • Score: -1

10:44am Thu 13 Mar 14

David Shaw says...

pjl20 wrote:
David Shaw wrote:
Instead of whinging to the paper about it (actively promoting herself), why hasn't Councillor Townend, simply printed out a copy and given it to Baildon Library for the people of Baildon to read. Surely that would be simpler !!!

Baildon does need a change, and unsurprising I must differ from Dragon Saddle. A vote for Lib Dem or Tory doesn't matter, as they vote together anyway, the only way to instigate real change in Baildon is to vote Labour.
You seem to have forgot David Shaw, that Bradford Council is Labour controlled and that David Green is also it's leader.

How can voting labour possibly improve things for the city, or indeed Baildon?

The residents of much of this area are now overdue for a complete change in politics. All the old parties having screwed things up badly. both nationally and locally in recent years. Just look around you for the evidence, if you need it.

The present LDF plan for new houses won't be overturned as long as Labour control Bradford Council.
Thanks for reminding me :-) In Baildon, we haven't had a Labour Councillor for over 40 years. Over recent years Baildon has had very weak and often poor representation at City Hall.
The recent budget should tell you all you need to know, The Tory's proposal was simply unworkable, and the Lib Dems didn't even bother to put one together....
The only way we can work for the greater good of Baildon is to have a strong voice for Baildon in City Hall, and The Prospective Labour Candidate for 2014 can be just that .
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Shaw[/bold] wrote: Instead of whinging to the paper about it (actively promoting herself), why hasn't Councillor Townend, simply printed out a copy and given it to Baildon Library for the people of Baildon to read. Surely that would be simpler !!! Baildon does need a change, and unsurprising I must differ from Dragon Saddle. A vote for Lib Dem or Tory doesn't matter, as they vote together anyway, the only way to instigate real change in Baildon is to vote Labour.[/p][/quote]You seem to have forgot David Shaw, that Bradford Council is Labour controlled and that David Green is also it's leader. How can voting labour possibly improve things for the city, or indeed Baildon? The residents of much of this area are now overdue for a complete change in politics. All the old parties having screwed things up badly. both nationally and locally in recent years. Just look around you for the evidence, if you need it. The present LDF plan for new houses won't be overturned as long as Labour control Bradford Council.[/p][/quote]Thanks for reminding me :-) In Baildon, we haven't had a Labour Councillor for over 40 years. Over recent years Baildon has had very weak and often poor representation at City Hall. The recent budget should tell you all you need to know, The Tory's proposal was simply unworkable, and the Lib Dems didn't even bother to put one together.... The only way we can work for the greater good of Baildon is to have a strong voice for Baildon in City Hall, and The Prospective Labour Candidate for 2014 can be just that . David Shaw
  • Score: -1

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