Liberal Democrats call for green spaces to be protected

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As Calderdale Council launches its consultation on the proposals for allocating land for future house-building in Calderdale, Calderdale Liberal Democrats are launching a campaign to protect greenbelt around towns and villages, and open spaces within towns and villages.

Cllr James Baker said:

“We are really concerned about some areas of land apparently marked for potential house-building sites all across Calderdale”. In my own ward, it looks as though the Council is proposing that houses be built on playing fields, parks and allotments, as well as around villages in the open countryside where road access is poor”.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, Cllr Janet Battye added: “

We know that there is a need to build more affordable housing and social housing, but we think that the Council should look first at existing planning permissions – some 3,000 houses with permission have not yet been built – and then brownfield land which has already been built on, as well as pressing harder to bring empty buildings into use.”

“It’s also disappointing that more imaginative approaches don’t seem to be being considered, such as looking at how we might use the Garden Cities approach in Calderdale.

“We’re encouraging local people to look very carefully at these land allocation plans on which the Council is currently consulting and make their views known.”

There is a need for local affordable housing and more social housing, but expensive houses build in desirable greenbelt areas will not help struggling families looking to buy a home or move to a less crowded home. Alternative developments on brownfield sites will not only be cost-efficient, but also energy-efficient as they will minimise the need to travel. We can create local communities without compromising green spaces.

You can sign our petition calling on the Council to protect greenbelt around towns and villages, and open spaces within towns and villages here.

You can view the consultation and make comments on it here

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New Park on Sandhall Green

Work has commenced on a new park on Sandhall Green in Warley Ward. This work is being undertaken with money from the development of some new houses nearby. Liberal Democrat Councillors James Baker & Ashley Evans requested a list of any such monies still to be spent in Warley Ward, and pushed for it to be spent on improving green spaces.

A full consultation was carried out with local residents, to determine what people would like to see on the Green and the plan produced by Council staff in the Safer Cleaner Greener team represents these views. A link to download a PDF of the plan of the new park is available at the bottom of the page.

Councillor Ashley Evans by Sandhall Green where work has started on a new park.

Councillor Ashley Evans by Sandhall Green where work has started on a new park.

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