Our Association has been formed by the people of Holmewood,Tong, Fulneck as well as people from the cities of Leeds and Bradford who all want to work together to protect the greenbelt of the Tong Fulneck Valley from further development.
Bradford have made changes to their website so if you click on one of our links and it doesn't work, you can locate the document from their planning home page here.
Our next meeting due on 26th April 2018 has been rescheduled for 14th June.
Update 17th April 2018
The Local Council Elections take place on 3rd May.
We have invited the 5 Tong Ward and 11 Pudsey Ward candidates to give us their views on the Bradford Plan to build 2100 houses in the Tong Valley Green Belt.
Responses we have received so far are below – click to view
Update 16th April 2018
Thanks to everyone who joined us on our Awareness Walk through Black Carr Woods on Saturday 14th, we hope everyone enjoyed the stroll (despite the mud) and learnt a little about the area, the Greenside Tunnel project, the Ancient Oak Woodland and Bradford’s plans to build on the Green Belt and we are sorry if anyone missed out on our info as we became a little spread out at times. For more info on the Greenside project see their GreensideGreenway page on Facebook.
A document we referred to on the walk is shown below. The ‘wonky triangle’ in the centre of the image is the Bradford ‘protrusion’ containing the Tong Valley. It attaches to the built up area of Bradford on the west and is otherwise surrounded by Leeds to the north, east and south and by Kirklees to the south west. Importantly, what this picture shows is not only that virtually the whole of the Tong Valley area is Green Belt but so are the surrounding areas (the Green Belt is coloured green). It seems incredible that Bradford Council are seeking to sacrifice some of the Green Belt in the centre of the wider Green Belt area to build on; an area with extremely limited access and no public transport. In putting their development Plan together, Bradford Council have a Duty to co-operate with adjoining authorities, particularly on sensitive issues such as this; we contend that they undertook this duty adequately, if at all.
Their plan also ignores the advice in their own 2008 Tong Valley Landscape Character document which can be seen here.
Update February 2018
Brownfield and Green Belt; what’s happening?
Councils were requested by the Government to prepare a Brownfield Register by the end of 2017 if they didn’t already have one.
Bradford didn’t – but do now. Bradford Council have an explanation here. And the Register itself is here.
You can either look at the map or the list of sites plus the Government guidelines can be found there too.
Be sure to let the Council know if you are aware of any land missing from the register; the more brownfield (ie previously used) land that’s available, the less Green Field or Green Belt land will be needed.
Bradford Council have a development plan which targets 42,100 houses of which 11,000 are destined to be in the Green Belt – that’s more than a quarter of the total. There has been little or no development in the Bradford Green Belt for years, now at a stroke the Council wants to build 11,000 on there. Maps show where and how many there will be, (a more detailed Allocations plan is being worked on) and the developers and their agents have publicly declared that they have a ‘controlling interest’ in (at least some of) this Green Belt land.
And yet there has been no formal Review of the Green Belt at all. Unbelievable. The Inspector who ‘Passed’ the plan insisted that a review be undertaken. Given that Green Belt can only be released for development in ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ it seems inconceivable that the Plan has progressed this far without a Review taking place. Bradford Council are now addressing that; they have published the methodology and invited interested parties, such as the TFVA, CPRE and other local groups to comment on the methodology and we, as the TFVA have indeed submitted our responses.
So it’s somewhat belated but that seems all very reasonable.
Except for one thing.
The Council officers who have spent years putting this plan together, who are duty bound to bring this plan through to fruition, are the ones who are undertaking the Green Belt Review!
How can any reasonable person believe that this review will be fair and unbiased? It’s like putting your cat in charge of the aquarium.
Update December 10th, 2017
Bradford’s housing targets questioned, the threat of the Tong Valley Link Road, communities being kept in the dark and the vested interests of the major builders read more.
Update November 2017 - TONG VALLEY AT THE CENTRE
This extraordinary map shows the central place of the Tong Valley to the whole West Yorkshire conurbation - and how the Valley can be the 'Countryside Next Door' for so many people. The huge potential it has for the district needs carefully guarding - and enhancing. Let's work together to achieve this.
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