Housing planned for green belt land between Holme Wood and Tong

Canon Gordon Dey

Canon Gordon Dey

First published in Holme Wood

Plans to build thousands of homes on green belt land between Holme Wood and Tong have been approved by a scrutiny committee.

Bradford Council’s Regeneration and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee tonight approved recommendations to go forward to the executive later this month.

Members heard how a three-month consultation had produced a mixed response, but were urged by local councillors to back the plan.

A report to the committee contained two options – to build either 600 or up to 2,700 homes.

Members were told that while respondents to the consultation were in favour of fewer homes being built, they supported opportunities which could result from the larger development.

Tong ward Councillor Alan Wainwright (Lab), chairman of the Holme Wood and Tong Partnership Board, told members he was in support of building more homes.

He said: “I would urge members to support option two. Whatever the outcome of today, and certainly when it goes through the executive, people should start getting behind this and start looking to the future.”

However, Canon Gordon Dey, chairman of the Save Tong and Fulneck Valley Association, said people were not prepared to lose green belt land for regeneration opportunities, which he would have preferred to be carried in an “evolutionary not revolutionary” manner.

He also said not enough consultation had been held into whether the area’s infrastructure could cope.

He said: “We have never had the infrastructure. All of this has never been properly or thoroughly discussed.

But ward Councillor Michael Johnson (Lab), also a member of the Holme Wood and Tong Partnership Board, said only a small part of the green belt was to be used.

He said: “It does take green belt and I think we need to be clear we would object to any further incursion beyond this because that would remove the lung between Leeds and Bradford and that lung, as a kid I used to play in and I still walk in.”

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10:22pm Thu 5 Jan 12

webess says...

"He said: “We have never had the infrastructure. All of this has never been properly or thoroughly discussed."

Can I therefore assume there'll be no objections to new road building going forward?
"He said: “We have never had the infrastructure. All of this has never been properly or thoroughly discussed." Can I therefore assume there'll be no objections to new road building going forward? webess
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12:56am Fri 6 Jan 12

bradmat says...

oh JOY as if westgate hill isn't bottlenecked enough as it is now!!!!!!
oh JOY as if westgate hill isn't bottlenecked enough as it is now!!!!!! bradmat
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11:21am Fri 6 Jan 12

Bodica BD4 says...

I attended this Scrutiny Committee as an observer and I don't think this issue was scrutinised at all.

Gordon Dey explained his concerns with the process while Val Slater vigorously shook her head and looked up to the sky and exchanged meaningful glances with the three BD4 councillors completely undermined Gordon.

Then the three BD4 labour councillors spoke and ripped up what Gordon said, they told lies and half truths which Gordon could not defend as he was not allowed to speak.

I attended the meetings Gordon was dreferring to and this is why I can say they were lies and half truths.

And it was also explained by the chair that the Scrutiny Committee had no power to investigate these concerns as these plans were being fast tracked to the Executive.

Not only has tax payers money been wasted in a pointless meeting but true Governance is not being carried out.
I attended this Scrutiny Committee as an observer and I don't think this issue was scrutinised at all. Gordon Dey explained his concerns with the process while Val Slater vigorously shook her head and looked up to the sky and exchanged meaningful glances with the three BD4 councillors completely undermined Gordon. Then the three BD4 labour councillors spoke and ripped up what Gordon said, they told lies and half truths which Gordon could not defend as he was not allowed to speak. I attended the meetings Gordon was dreferring to and this is why I can say they were lies and half truths. And it was also explained by the chair that the Scrutiny Committee had no power to investigate these concerns as these plans were being fast tracked to the Executive. Not only has tax payers money been wasted in a pointless meeting but true Governance is not being carried out. Bodica BD4
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1:23pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Yorkshire Lass says...

Sound's like another stitch up. Is nobody allowed a reasonable comment against these 2,700 homes, also it would appear that the necessary procedures are not being adhered to. It gives the impression that these homes are a "done deal".
Sound's like another stitch up. Is nobody allowed a reasonable comment against these 2,700 homes, also it would appear that the necessary procedures are not being adhered to. It gives the impression that these homes are a "done deal". Yorkshire Lass
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1:56pm Fri 6 Jan 12

thepointis says...

The need for a home is greater than the need for a view or a dog walking "spot" pardon the pun.
The need for a home is greater than the need for a view or a dog walking "spot" pardon the pun. thepointis
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2:01pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Bodica BD4 says...

Perhaps you should change your screen name to "missedthe point".
Perhaps you should change your screen name to "missedthe point". Bodica BD4
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3:17pm Fri 6 Jan 12

enviroMENTAL says...

thepointis wrote:
The need for a home is greater than the need for a view or a dog walking "spot" pardon the pun.
I don't think that is in issue rather it is where, how many, what type, is there the infrastucture and services, how many are currently sat empty and so forth. Planning is a bit more complex than your point would suggest.
[quote][p][bold]thepointis[/bold] wrote: The need for a home is greater than the need for a view or a dog walking "spot" pardon the pun.[/p][/quote]I don't think that is in issue rather it is where, how many, what type, is there the infrastucture and services, how many are currently sat empty and so forth. Planning is a bit more complex than your point would suggest. enviroMENTAL
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3:37pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Bodica BD4 says...

Gordon Dey tried to make the members of the "Scrutiny" meeting see that the process leading to the NDP was flawed for several reasons including that the infrastructure had never been discussed.

The plan is quite simply to splat down a load of homes and hope for the best. The residents of Holme Wood will get some nice new road signs and some block paving and a wing and a prayer promise of a new shopping centre.

The NDP also brings a road down from Westgate Hill Street and onto country lanes in the heart of the Tong Valley leading to Dick Lane or A6110 Leeds Ring road. Given heavy congestion that we have on Tong Street this will encourage hundreds of motorists to cut through the planned development and into the country lanes in an effort to cut out Tong Street.

This will make the country lanes perilous for all the people who do use and value the valley for walking/riding/cycli
ng.

What Planning? What Scrutiny?
Gordon Dey tried to make the members of the "Scrutiny" meeting see that the process leading to the NDP was flawed for several reasons including that the infrastructure had never been discussed. The plan is quite simply to splat down a load of homes and hope for the best. The residents of Holme Wood will get some nice new road signs and some block paving and a wing and a prayer promise of a new shopping centre. The NDP also brings a road down from Westgate Hill Street and onto country lanes in the heart of the Tong Valley leading to Dick Lane or A6110 Leeds Ring road. Given heavy congestion that we have on Tong Street this will encourage hundreds of motorists to cut through the planned development and into the country lanes in an effort to cut out Tong Street. This will make the country lanes perilous for all the people who do use and value the valley for walking/riding/cycli ng. What Planning? What Scrutiny? Bodica BD4
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6:08pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Patrick Bateman says...

Bodica BD4 said:

'and a .. promise of a new shopping centre'.

Oh dear; we all know the council's track record on that score don't we..?

Val Slater 'vigorously shaking her head' and 'looking up to the sky' you say? The same woman who went on record earlier on in the week as saying that Bradford was 'thriving'? I think it should be US looking to the skies in despair with this set of unaccountable clowns in charge don't you?
Bodica BD4 said: 'and a .. promise of a new shopping centre'. Oh dear; we all know the council's track record on that score don't we..? Val Slater 'vigorously shaking her head' and 'looking up to the sky' you say? The same woman who went on record earlier on in the week as saying that Bradford was 'thriving'? I think it should be US looking to the skies in despair with this set of unaccountable clowns in charge don't you? Patrick Bateman
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12:54pm Sat 7 Jan 12

Thee Voice Of Treason says...

There should be NO building whatsoever on ANY Green Belt land.
There should be NO building whatsoever on ANY Green Belt land. Thee Voice Of Treason
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12:54pm Sat 7 Jan 12

Thee Voice Of Treason says...

There should be NO building whatsoever on ANY Green Belt land.
There should be NO building whatsoever on ANY Green Belt land. Thee Voice Of Treason
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