Notice of meeting sent by email to all members together with the agenda for the community forum meeting on 14th August 2018. The minutes from the previous meeting (referred to in the notice) below, can be found here.
This article highlights the futility of large-scale building on green belt land. Building on the green belt primarily benefits house builders due to the ease of building on pristine land and local government who raise money from increased council tax revenues and hitting house-building targets.
The people who need homes the most and need help to get on the housing ladder are priced out. It is obvious from this report and others that more effort needs to go into brown-field redevelopment and bringing empty buildings back in to use.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but this may be of interest to our members. The housing minister, James Brokenshire has announced that if councils fail to build the target number of homes by 2020, developers may be able to overrule local objections and force developments through the planning process.
This underlines the importance of developing our own sensible, sustainable plan for development in Edenfield in conjunction with the council’s wider p;lan for the borough as a whole.
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Interesting article in this week’s Free Press…..
In this article, Rossendale Council Leader Alyson Barnes says that the council is ‘between a rock and a hard place across the board’ as they struggle to find space for nearly 3,200 new homes.
This is an interesting article describing 10 myths about the Green Belt from the CPRE.
Myth 1: Green Belt is an old fashioned idea and it’s time to pension it off
Myth 2: Green Belt is sacrosant and safe from development
Myth 3: Green Belt protection pushes house prices up
Myth 4: Green Belt has little or no environmental value
Myth 5: Green Belts only benefit people who own property within them rather than the wider public
Myth 6: Just building on a small proportion of Green Belt would leave us with more than enough
Myth 7: If we don’t allow development in the Green Belt, people will leapfrog it and commute in an unsustainable fashion from elsewhere
Myth 8: Green Belts have the effect of confining the urban poor to live at high densities in the cities
Myth 9: Green Belt policy leads to more land being used for golf courses than new housing
Myth 10: Green Belt stops any kind of development or beneficial land management at all so land is abandoned and neglected
Meetings of the Management Committee meeting held on 12th June 2018
Ian Lord, their Chair, said,
“We have been concerned, ever since the first draft of the Local Plan appeared last year, about the removal of land from the Green Belt. Government guidance is clear: this should happen only in exceptional circumstances. We have repeatedly asked the Council to explain these, but all the report says is that they will be covered in a separate topic paper. However, the Councillors are being requested to sign off the Plan without any information on this crucial aspect.”
“The report to Council this week mentions some minor changes from last year’s draft Local Plan, but the fact is that, on the Council’s own figures, there is an adequate supply of developable housing land in Rossendale for the next 15 years without any recourse to the Green Belt at all.”
“On present information, the draft Local Plan is unsound. It is therefore alarming that the Councillors, who should be owning the process, are being asked to surrender their responsibilities to the officers. Whilst that might solve their immediate problem of meeting their deadline, they are storing up trouble if the Planning Inspectorate later declare it to be unsound.”
Meetings of the Management Committee meeting held on 10th May 2018
On 9th June Edenfield was blessed with great weather and a bumper turn out at the village fete. ECNF was there and our stand proved popular with residents who were keen to hear our plans for taking control of the local plan.
We were grateful for all the new members as well as donations to the forum that we received on the day.