Bradford Local Plan Called in on Green Belt Grounds

Bradford Conservatives

What a stupid idea to grant this centralising power


Bradford Council’s Conservative group welcomes the decision of the Housing & Planning Minister to stop the adoption and implementation of Bradford’s Local Plan Core Strategy. Councillor Martin Smith, spokesman on planning for the group said:

“The Conservative Group has campaigned throughout this process for a plan that actually reflects the housing needs of Bradford rather than the preferences of developers. Thanks to Philip Davies MP we have a stay of execution while Ministers look at the proposals. We’ll be arguing again that priority has to be given to the development of brownfield sites in what the local plan calls Bradford’s ‘inner urban’ areas. As the plan stands today we’ll see the further decline of Bradford’s suburbs while developers build thousands of houses to meet demand for executive homes from Leeds and North Yorkshire.”


2 thoughts on “Bradford Local Plan Called in on Green Belt Grounds

  1. We should prioritise sites that are sustainable, viable and ready. This includes brownfield, greenfield and green belt sites. When I refer to greenfield and greenbelt sites I mean sites that are not suitably classified as greenfield or greenbelt (according to national and local definition of such classifications). Such as wedges that cannot further encroach the greenbelt, which have clear defensible boundaries, good access and transport links. This would only be a handful of sites and largely protect and maintain the greenfields and greenblet and avoid large scale predictable developer housing schemes. Smaller sites, of all classifications, would clean up neighbourhoods, keep jobs local and provide a more affordable and bespoke options. We would still need 1 or 2 large scale developments, hopefully these can be attained from the existing brownfield sites, we apparently have in abundance.

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