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.
On 7th September members of the ECNF management committee met Troy Planning & Design consultants to discuss the implications of the proposed local plan on Edenfield as well as to develop our own alternative proposals to the RBC plan.
The meeting was very informative and gave local residents an opportunity to learn about the planning process from the consultants as well as to identify our preferences for sustainable development in Edenfield.
After the meeting, everybody braved the rain to walk around Edenfield to point out areas of interest to the consultants. We’re grateful to the cricket club for allowing us to use their facilities.
Rossendale Borough Council have now issued the latest version of the Local Plan which can be accessed through the following link:
Consultation on this Plan will run from 23rd August until 4th October. Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum (ECNF) and the Edenfield Village Residents Association (EVRA) will be reviewing the Plan in the next few days and will then offer advice to residents on how to respond during the consultation period. This advice will be posted on the ECNFand EVRA websites and we will also jointly deliver a flyer to all households in Edenfield.
As you may be aware the Forum is now starting work on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Edenfield and we have appointed planning advisors to advise us and assist in this. It is important that we fully take into account the views of residents when preparing the Plan which we propose to do in the following way.
There is a short scoping questionnaire which we would like you to complete and submit by 6thSeptember. This includes questions on your views about the village as well as ideas of what changes you would like to see in the future. You can access the questionnaire here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7YLR3C2
The Neighbour Plan needs to involve all residents of the village not just members of the Forum so please also encourage any non-members to also complete the questionnaire.
The information we get from this short questionnaire will help us and our advisors to produce a detailed questionnaire which will be delivered to all houses in the village later in the year. We will then be in a position to produce an Edenfield Neighbourhood Plan which reflects as far as possible the views of all residents.
If you would like more information about Neighbourhood Plans we have prepared a short question and answer sheet which is attached. Information is also available on the Locality website athttps://locality.org.uk/services-tools/neighbourhood-planning/
All information submitted in the questionnaire will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act and only used in connection with the Neighbourhood Plan.