This is an interesting BBC News article describing the dependence on cars in new build developments. Obviously some food for thought in here as we develop our own development plan for Edenfield.
Jenny Raggett, researcher at Transport for New Homes, said: “We were appalled to find so many new housing developments built around the car with residents driving for almost every journey.
“As those cars head for our towns and cities they clog up existing roads. Commuter times get longer and longer. Car-based living of this kind is not good for our health or quality of life.”
She goes on to say, “The problem is that planners are measured by whether they hit their targets for new housing,” she said. ‘At the moment they just approach developers who are sitting on greenfield sites and end up peppering housing round towns without any regard to whether the land is accessible or not.”
The Forum held a Coffee Morning at the Community Centre on 20th October. It was very well attended by village residents who enjoyed coffee, tea and cakes as well as a bric-a-brac stall and a raffle – not to mention a good natter!
We raised £570 for Forum funds which was excellent. Many thanks to everyone who attended and to those who organised and helped out.
Yesterday’s Daily Mail published details from a report by the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE).
According to the report:
- 10,000 hectares of land have been removed from green belt since 2012
- 5,000 hectares of land lost green belt protection in 2017/2018
- Nationally there are plans to build 460,000 homes on green belt land
The CPRE report states that green belt land is the most profitable and desirable for developers due to it being ‘shovel ready’, surrounded by countryside and within commuting distance of major towns and cities.
The CPRE goes on to state that “There is currently enough brownfield land in England to accommodate more than a million homes, with almost three quarters of this in areas with green belt land.” The CPRE urged the Government and local authorities to ensure brownfield land is redeveloped before any more land is released from the green belt.
ECNF shares this opinion and has made this representation to RBC in response to their local plan.