Keep it at 800

Keep it at 800

Keep it at 800

First published in Letters by

READING the Guardian, one is led to believe that one of the country’s leading architects and guardians of our precious greenbelt has written: “with intelligent design and planning, we don’t need to overflow into new towns on greenfield sites”.

Someone ought to show this article to York’s Labour administration, who don’t want to nibble at our precious green belt – they simply want gobble it all up. Just look at the horrendous Whinthorpe and Cliftongate townships planned and the appalling identikit housing estates developers are already planning, to see in what direction York is going.

“Keep your eyes off the green belt,” says the same expert, “and concentrate on building townships in the city (that’s brownfield sites to you and me)”.

The answer in York is so simple that Labour can’t even see it – stick to the 800 houses a year recommended by consultants Arup, not the maniacal ambitions they currently aspire to in their relentless drive to get even closer to the socialist metropolis of Leeds.

To ignore in true Labour tradition all the good advice given will simply lead to the same fate that has befallen Rotherham council, where their over-ambitious housebuilding target of 24,000 houses over 15 years was rejected by government inspectors who reduced the total number of houses by 40 per cent to 14,000.

Why? Because the plans were found to “encroach too heavily on green belt land.”

George Barton, Wheldrake Ward Councillor, Deputy Leader Conservative Group, City of York Council.

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10:16am Sat 19 Jul 14

roadwars says...

Wow! a Tory reading the Guardian and taking on board it's green message...Shame his political leaders in London can't do the same...
Wow! a Tory reading the Guardian and taking on board it's green message...Shame his political leaders in London can't do the same... roadwars
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12:45pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Rothbiz says...

I've been following the progress of Rotherham's local plan from a business perspective for my Rotherham Business News website and it needs pointing out that the final figure for housing targets was decided in totally the opposite way to which the cllr. describes.

The government's regional spatial strategy came up with a figure of 24,000 houses over the next 15 years but Rotherham Council went for 12,750. The planning inspector said that the shortfall in house building since the recession should be made up and recommended a target of 17,000. The council argued that they should be allowed to set their own targets and the inspector agreed. The target is now 14,371.

Rotherham's Local Plan has recently been declared "sound" making it one of only a few councils to have achieved such recognition for a strategy submitted since the National Planning Policy Framework emerged.

You can read more at:
http://www.rothbiz.c
o.uk/2014/07/news-42
46-rotherhams-local-
plan-is-sound.html
I've been following the progress of Rotherham's local plan from a business perspective for my Rotherham Business News website and it needs pointing out that the final figure for housing targets was decided in totally the opposite way to which the cllr. describes. The government's regional spatial strategy came up with a figure of 24,000 houses over the next 15 years but Rotherham Council went for 12,750. The planning inspector said that the shortfall in house building since the recession should be made up and recommended a target of 17,000. The council argued that they should be allowed to set their own targets and the inspector agreed. The target is now 14,371. Rotherham's Local Plan has recently been declared "sound" making it one of only a few councils to have achieved such recognition for a strategy submitted since the National Planning Policy Framework emerged. You can read more at: http://www.rothbiz.c o.uk/2014/07/news-42 46-rotherhams-local- plan-is-sound.html Rothbiz
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5:07pm Sat 19 Jul 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Good point Rothbiz.
But while the Tory's and Lib Dems will blame Labour in York for the destruction of the Green Belt, in principle they are supporting the development, not wanted by many residents and common sense alike.

When York Labour are booted out next May. the Local Plan and Green Belt destruction will continue! Can't wait for the excuses.
Good point Rothbiz. But while the Tory's and Lib Dems will blame Labour in York for the destruction of the Green Belt, in principle they are supporting the development, not wanted by many residents and common sense alike. When York Labour are booted out next May. the Local Plan and Green Belt destruction will continue! Can't wait for the excuses. ColdAsChristmas
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