THE former leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennet has visited Bradford to lend her support to the ‘Save Tong & Fulneck Valley’ group which opposes construction of more than 2,000 houses on the green belt.

She joined walkers from both sides of the valley as they met outside the Bankhouse Inn in Fulneck to hear the update from the campaign.

Ms Bennet (pictured) said: “There is no shortage of Brownfield sites in central belt and Bradford Council needs to be doing much more to prioritise development of these sites before allowing house builders to destroy our green spaces.

“Even approaching Fulneck I was impressed with the beautiful scenery so close to two of our country’s biggest cities, and land like this needs to be protected for future generations.”

The group was formed by the people of Holme Wood, Tong, Fulneck, with support from residents of Bradford and Leeds, who work together to protect the area from further development.