Holme Wood and Tong green belt housing bid recommended

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Residents protest over the proposed use of green belt land between Tong and Holme Wood Residents protest over the proposed use of green belt land between Tong and Holme Wood

Leading councillors have pressed ahead with plans for Holme Wood and Tong which clear the way for up to 2,700 homes to be built despite residents’ objections.

The neighbourhood development plan is designed to regenerate the estate to create a sustainable community as well as to explore the potential for growth.

It considered two options for the area – one would see incremental change with 600 homes being built on the estate and another would see 2,700 homes built. The second option was agreed yesterday at a meeting of the executive and involves developing housing sites within the estate as well as three “urban extension” sites in the green belt designed to attract additional funds to subsidise improvements to the Holme Wood neighbourhood.

As part of the consultation, almost 230 residents filled in questionnaires regarding the development plan. Two-thirds preferred the option for 600 homes, which would largely be built on urban sites such as vacant and underused land. The option for 2,700 homes, which was recommended to councillors, was favoured by 16 per cent of respondents.

However, of the respondents who live in Holme Wood, 40 per cent supported option two.

There were claims that a number of objections were from people who did not live in the area and would therefore not be directly affected.

Council leader Ian Greenwood said of a resolution by Leeds Council to object to the proposals: “Leeds Council and Leeds residents do not decide the planning policy of Bradford Council.”

He added: “I understand people’s concerns and don’t dismiss them. But I think that often when people say they haven’t been consulted, what they actually mean is they don’t agree.”

About a dozen objectors attended the meeting, including Canon Gordon Dey, chairman of the Save Tong and Fulneck Valley Association.

He told councillors: “I do believe that a hugely disproportionate amount of housing is being proposed and this will be damaging for these communities and will destroy hugely strategic green land in the process.”

He added that a health assessment document made serious statements about the implications of large-scale building on the health of the community.

However, all three ward councillors backed the plans for 2,700 homes saying it was the only way to ensure the investment needed on the estate to make it sustainable for the future.

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1:23pm Sat 21 Jan 12

Colin White says...

Would it be possible to raze both BNP/EDL cesspools to the ground and then re-name the area to something more multi-cultural?
Would it be possible to raze both BNP/EDL cesspools to the ground and then re-name the area to something more multi-cultural? Colin White

3:34pm Sat 21 Jan 12

birday says...

Thoughtless and crazy.
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Who's profiting from this development? ... the construction companies owned by the banks.
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Time to do a bit of digging to see what can be uncovered, eh?
Thoughtless and crazy. . Who's profiting from this development? ... the construction companies owned by the banks. . Time to do a bit of digging to see what can be uncovered, eh? birday

8:13am Mon 23 Jan 12

gobbydave says...

**** - for a minute their i thought it said they were going to raze and clear holme wood and tong. Everyone knows its full of dole dossing, work shy muppets, why dont they address this cultural issue of career scroungers instead of building more homes for them?
**** - for a minute their i thought it said they were going to raze and clear holme wood and tong. Everyone knows its full of dole dossing, work shy muppets, why dont they address this cultural issue of career scroungers instead of building more homes for them? gobbydave

8:15am Mon 23 Jan 12

gobbydave says...

Love the pictures as well, they all look like whinos!
Love the pictures as well, they all look like whinos! gobbydave

12:41pm Mon 23 Jan 12

tallulah says...

There are many decent working people on Holmewood too, you shouldn't judge everyone and presume!
There are many decent working people on Holmewood too, you shouldn't judge everyone and presume! tallulah

1:25pm Mon 23 Jan 12

Talulah82 says...

I live over the road to where they are wanting to build the houses on Holmewood and i knew nothing about it until they pulled down one of the flats to make way for the entrance. When i asked i was told they had put the information up in the library. I work full time i dont have time to do to the library on the off chance! I have not seen one of these survays and who has completed then??

We are not all layabouts and it looks like we are not been involved in decissions because we are not in between 8-6!
I live over the road to where they are wanting to build the houses on Holmewood and i knew nothing about it until they pulled down one of the flats to make way for the entrance. When i asked i was told they had put the information up in the library. I work full time i dont have time to do to the library on the off chance! I have not seen one of these survays and who has completed then?? We are not all layabouts and it looks like we are not been involved in decissions because we are not in between 8-6! Talulah82

7:06pm Mon 23 Jan 12

LittleN says...

Colin White wrote:
Would it be possible to raze both BNP/EDL cesspools to the ground and then re-name the area to something more multi-cultural?
Be quiet you racist moron!
[quote][p][bold]Colin White[/bold] wrote: Would it be possible to raze both BNP/EDL cesspools to the ground and then re-name the area to something more multi-cultural?[/p][/quote]Be quiet you racist moron! LittleN

4:51pm Tue 24 Jan 12

tallulah says...

no one i know had any survey or knew anything about it either
no one i know had any survey or knew anything about it either tallulah

10:36am Thu 26 Jan 12

Paul Local Lad says...

i know a few people involved in this group & they are not layabouts, they are honest working people who dont want 1,000s houses built on green belt land.
imagine how many more cars on the roads ??? a650 into bradford is bad enough now, never mind a few more 100 cars on the road at all times of the day.
if you want to sign a petition or get involved please see http://savetongvalle
y.org.uk/contact.php

cheers Paul
i know a few people involved in this group & they are not layabouts, they are honest working people who dont want 1,000s houses built on green belt land. imagine how many more cars on the roads ??? a650 into bradford is bad enough now, never mind a few more 100 cars on the road at all times of the day. if you want to sign a petition or get involved please see http://savetongvalle y.org.uk/contact.php cheers Paul Paul Local Lad

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