‘I am writing in response to an article that was published last week which may have concerned some readers about the future of Calderdale’s countryside, which is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful places to live in the country.
By law, the council is required to produce a Local Plan to manage development for the next 20-30 years. Current projections suggest that around 10,500 extra homes may be needed, alongside further employment land, to accommodate our growing population. There is no denying that people need these homes and we will not shy away from this challenge but we will do all we can to protect our precious green spaces. The Government’s planning minister Nick Boles says we should build on ‘boring fields’, well I say no! This defeatist attitude is not only wrong but negligent, before we even consider developing on green fields we should be bringing derelict buildings and brownfield sites back into use. Over the past seven years, 93 per cent of new homes in Calderdale and 98.4 per cent of employment facilities have been built on brownfield sites. The Government has taken away the protections we had in place for our green fields but this won’t stop us from doing all we can to keep our green and pleasant land.
Coun Daniel Sutherland
Assistant Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning