Greenhill Action Group has raised £58,000 to fight Micklethwaite homes plan

Members of Greenhill Action Group

Members of Greenhill Action Group

First published in Bingley

Campaigners against a housing development on green fields near Bingley have almost raised the £60,000 needed to fight a planning appeal next month.

Greenhill Action Group (GAG) and its supporters have raised £58,000 in less than four months to pay for barristers, solicitors and consultants to represent them during the ten-day planning inquiry at Bradford City Hall, starting on Tuesday, February 21.

Developers Redrow and Bellway lodged the appeal after Shipley Area Planning Panel rejected an application to build up to 440 homes at Sty Lane, Micklethwaite, in September.

GAG chairman Terry Brown said: “Everybody said at the beginning there was no way we would get that sort of money, but we have gone out and been open and honest about what we are trying to do and the public have come up with the money to enable us to take the fight to a public inquiry.”

The action group has organised a series of fundraising events and has made appeals for donations in the Telegraph & Argus. A curry night on Saturday, compered by Councillor John Pennington (Con, Bingley), added £2,150 to the coffers. Further pledges of cash have also been made, which will bring the group closer to its £60,000 target.

l Donations, including your name and address, can be sent to Pauline Wood, 29 Greenhill Drive, Micklethwaite BD16 3HT.

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11:20am Wed 1 Feb 12

angry bradfordian says...

No doubt the chair of planning committee will be dismissing their democratic right as middle class meddling again.
No doubt the chair of planning committee will be dismissing their democratic right as middle class meddling again. angry bradfordian
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11:43am Wed 1 Feb 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

You'll find that amount a drop in the ocean compared to the resources the building companies will be able to throw at it. Also at the end of the day that is less than half one of the 440 houses will bring in when sold.
Money talks it seems.
You'll find that amount a drop in the ocean compared to the resources the building companies will be able to throw at it. Also at the end of the day that is less than half one of the 440 houses will bring in when sold. Money talks it seems. Thee Voice of Reason
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8:49pm Wed 1 Feb 12

webess says...

£60,000 would buy a house on a brownfield site. Why don't the nimbies buy one and have one of their number move into it? - they seem keen to want others to do likewise
£60,000 would buy a house on a brownfield site. Why don't the nimbies buy one and have one of their number move into it? - they seem keen to want others to do likewise webess
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7:54am Thu 2 Feb 12

enviroMENTAL says...

It just shows the support they have - I never thought they would raise that much.
It just shows the support they have - I never thought they would raise that much. enviroMENTAL
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9:11am Fri 3 Feb 12

fiverise says...

webess wrote:
£60,000 would buy a house on a brownfield site. Why don't the nimbies buy one and have one of their number move into it? - they seem keen to want others to do likewise
If all it took was £60,000 to buy a house (anywhere) these days we wouldn't have 400 unsold, empty properties in this part of the Bradford District.
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: £60,000 would buy a house on a brownfield site. Why don't the nimbies buy one and have one of their number move into it? - they seem keen to want others to do likewise[/p][/quote]If all it took was £60,000 to buy a house (anywhere) these days we wouldn't have 400 unsold, empty properties in this part of the Bradford District. fiverise
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