Update 27th October 2016
The TFVA AGM took place on 26th October. A key element of the meeting was the Chairman’s Report which informed of the current situation regarding the provisional approval of the Bradford plan by the Planning Inspector. However, following the intervention of Shipley MP Philip Davies who has concerns over the loss of Green Belt in Wharefdale, the minister has stepped in to suspend implementation of the plan.
Stuart Andrew, the MP for Pudsey has asked the Minister to intervene similarly in the Leeds Plan, and he had also made known the concerns about Green Belt release here in the South East Bradford sector.
As Gordon Dey stated at the meeting, the best way to influence the process is to write to your MP expressing your concerns. Judith Cummins is the Labour MP for Bradford South and Stuart Andrew is the MP for Pudsey, some of whose constituents could be greatly affected by developments in the Valley; they can be contacted here.
Update 11th October 2016
The TFVA is holding it's next meeting (the AGM) at The Old Schoolroom in Tong Village at 7.15pm on Wednesday on 26th October. Perhaps the key item on the agenda for many is the update on the situation regarding the Inspector's report on the Bradford Council Core Strategy and in particular it's implications on the Tong Valley.
Update 5th June 2016
Dear Members and friends,
The Inspector has not yet approved Bradford's Core Strategy for housing, which as you know plans for 6000 new homes in Bradford SE, of which 2700 are planned to be in and around the Holmewood estate, with at least 1800 houses in the Green Belt at the Tong and Fulneck Valley.
Nonetheless Bradford have started the "Land Allocation" process in which they publish for comment the exact sites they are considering for housing and employment use.
The Land Allocation Plan is WORSE than the earlier proposals. It includes one very large site previously ruled out for immediate development and another new site in Tong Village itself.
There is another consultation which we are urging our members and friends to respond to. You are asked to comment on the sites shown on the master plan, to suggest other sites and to respond to other questions.
Responses must be in by Tuesday 19th July at the latest, so to help you we are again holding meetings to explain how this may affect you and how best you can lodge your views.
There will be a meeting in FULNECK at the Boys Brigade Hall on MONDAY 27th JUNE and in TONG VILLAGE at the Old Schoolroom on THURSDAY 30th June, both meetings at 7.00 PM.
Please come and bring friends who may be affected.
If you want to look at the sites affecting the Valley there is a map book on the web here
Go to page 135 for the best view, with pages 128, 142, and 134 providing the overlaps. The fields shown which concern us most are SE/099, SE/100, SE/101(the site previously ruled out) and smaller sites at SE/056, SE/057, SE/061, SE/062 and SE/063. The new site is SE/138.
Tong and Fulneck Valley Association.
Update June 4th 2016
Bradford Council proposes huge invasion of Tong Valley Green Belt Protected Land
Save Tong Valley Public Meetings
Monday June 27th at 7 pm
Fulneck Boys Brigade Hall, Fulneck
Thursday June 30th at 7 pm
Tong Schoolroom, Tong Lane, Tong Village
Join us to find out more about the land that is under threat, and how to make your views known in a further Consultation.
Update Feb 29th 2016
The TFVA submitted its objections to the Bradford City Council's 'Main Modifications' by the deadline of 20th January as indeed did a number of individuals on their own behalf. Everyone who did so should by now have had confirmation of receipt by BCC and they should have been passed on to the Government Inspector. We must now await the outcome of the inspector's deliberations; will he approve the Core Strategy or not? There are also still a number of documents which BCC have yet to publish and they are sure to contain details of interest to the TFVA e.g. the Land Allocations and Proposals DPDs, the Green Belt Review and critically, the Link Road proposal between the A650 Shell garage roundabout and Thornbury. Further to the note in the January update, the 'Join Us' form has been working fine since then, thank you to those who re-submitted their details and we look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to be a 'friend' of the TFVA. To be kept up to date with developments at the earliest opportunity, 'Like' our Facebook page on the right here.
Update January 9th 2016
Update January 2016
Please Note, gremlins have entered the works and it appears that some 'join us' forms from the website have not reached us. Can we please ask anyone who has filled in the 'join us' form recently to resubmit to be certain we haven't missed anyone. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your continued support.
Update December 2015
Bradford Council has produced it's list of "Main Modifications" to their Core Strategy which is here, and the Core Strategy itself is here. We have the opportunity to comment on these changes but all comments, objections etc must be received by the Council by January 20th 2016 and guidelines on how to do that and the necessary forms are here.
The TFVA will be holding meetings to assist in helping the local public to respond at Fulneck Boys Brigade Building on Wednesday 6 Jan at 7pm and The Manor Golf Club on Thurs 7 Jan at 7pm. Please attend if you can
Update Late November 2015
The Bradford Council Plan-It Newsletter has just been released which informs where they are with the Core Strategy and links to relevant documents, Here it is
Update Nov 2015
The TFVA Annual General Meeting was held on 29th October, here is the Chairman's report and by way of reminding ourselves of the issues, Gordon's response to the Council earlier this year
There has been a lull in activity as we await the next stage from the council and it was noted at the meeting that, because of this, many of the local public believe the problem appears to have gone away. This is absolutely not so and here is an article on the subject by Ruth Strong and Brenda Pearson, destined for the Pudsey Squeaker..
Pudsey and Fulneck residents will not only be affected by Bradford Council's plans but also by their own Leeds Council's and there is lots of info relating to this on www.saveleedsgreenbelt.com
Update July 2015
The Government Inspector's hearings have been completed and the summaries, from the TFVA perspective, by John and Gordon are listed further below. As Gordon said in his report, the Council were given a fair amount of 'homework' to do by the inspector and the Representees were given the opportunity to comment on this and the Council's additional submissions which appeared subsequent to our original Representations. Again, John and Gordon did an excellent job on this and there are links to the comments below along with comments from Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance.
So what happens next?
This is what the Inspection Co-ordinator said -
"The timing of the Inspector's Final Report remains uncertain at present as first the Council need to proceed to a consultation exercise - usually for a six week period - in respect of their proposed Modifications to the Plan. There were proposed changes to the distribution of housing numbers and these topics and others will need to feature in the consultation with representors and other interested parties.
Prior to the consultation commencing the Council have a desire to conclude some additional work on a couple of specific topics that also featured in the recent hearings: Habitats Regulations and Gypsies and Travellers. I'm expecting therefore that there could be a period of weeks before the consultation commences. Ultimately, armed with the responses to the consultation the Inspector is likely to then proceed to write his final report or, alternatively and to further assist him, possibly reconvene a short series of hearings to further explore issues arising from the consultation".
Update April 2015
Update Spring 2015
Bradford Council has finalised its 'Core Strategy' and has submitted it to the Government Inspector for approval.
The Core Strategy consists of a great number of documents many of which are lengthy and technical.
Also submitted to the Inspector, as part of that package, are all of our 'Representations' which are our objections to those parts of the Core Strategy which refer to the proposals to build on the Tong & Fulneck Valley Green Belt.
The following links lead to all the documents comprising the Core Strategy and details of the Inspector's Examination objectives, procedure and timetable along with guidance notes for 'Representors'.
Eric Pickles Strengthens Green Belt Protection
Bradford Council Plan-It newsletter February 2015
Government document explaining the full Inspection Procedure
Bradford Council statement on publication of Core Strategy and list of documents submitted
Summary Report of Core Strategy Inspection Process, and outline of the expected Timescale
Program Officer's covering letter to Representors 20/1/15
Local Plan Examination, Guidance notes for Participants 20/1/15
Program Officer's covering letter to Representors 26/1/15
Local Plan Examination, Inspector's Schedule of Matters, issues and Questions (MIQ's)
TFVA Chairman's Report 2014
Bradford Council announced in it's Plan-it newsletter on 28/10/14 it is currently aiming to submit the Core Strategy to government in the first week of December, with an examination anticipated to start in March 2015.
Update September 2014
The past year has been a momentous one, with the publication of Bradford Council's proposed Core Strategy in the spring, and a subsequent very encouraging response from local people to our campaign to oppose their plans for a large scale housing development in the Tong Valley and at Westgate Hill. Since then Bradford Council has been analysing the objections, and is considering its formal response. In due course it will produce a summary of the issues raised and its response. We understand that it intends to hand its Submission Draft Core Strategy to the Planning Inspector in September for independent inspection. More news of this and its implications for us may be available at our AGM.
Update April 2014
Hundreds of people attended TFVA's recent public meetings, and membership has expanded to reach 500 members. Our conviction that Bradford Council's plans are unacceptable to local people and communities received a massive vote of confidence by the response we received from a wide spectrum of people. Many were shocked to hear about the scale of Bradford's housing expansion, and were very keen to be associated with our Representation to the Planning Inspector. We are immensely grateful for the remarkable level of support that we received.
TFVA can confirm that the Conservative Group on Leeds Council has formally objected to Bradford's plans, as have Councillors in Pudsey and Kirklees. TFVA's own objections are wide ranging, and address all three specified areas of Legality, Duty to Co-operate and Soundness. We have sought to be detailed, accurate, comprehensive and effective, and we were glad to offer our comments on behalf of all of our 500 members. We know that many others have made their own objections.
The deadline for Representations has now passed, so we must await the judgement of the Planning Inspector. If the Inspector finds that the there are aspects of the Core Strategy that have been determined by illegal methodology (and we believe this to be the case), or that Bradford Council has failed in its Duty to Cooperate with neighbouring authorities and public bodies (and we believe that it has), then it is likely that the Council will be required to begin again. If it is proven that the Core Strategy is not 'Sound' according to certain criteria, (and we believe this to true) then the Inspector may decide that aspects of the Plan will need to be amended.
The timescale for this is not clear. It may well be that he/she will set up a public enquiry to which we and others will be invited to give evidence of our concerns. We look forward to any opportunity that will ensure that Bradford Council's destructively ambitious plans for the Tong Fulneck Valley are comprehensively amended. We are confident that the Council's plan for this vital area of countryside will eventually be consigned to where it belongs...... the rubbish bin.
Read on for the background to this....
Update March 2014 - Representation Action Summary - deadline now passed
The PLANNING INSPECTOR is conducting a Public Examination of Bradford's Local Plan and decide whether it is to be accepted.
Between 17th February 2014 and 31st March 2014 there is an opportunity for anyone who objects to the plans to make their representations. The information is on the Bradford.gov.uk website HERE
You will find the Representation Guidance Notes HERE
The Representation form which can either be emailed or printed off to fill in is HERE. This is the ONLY form that can be used to submit your objections.
There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions followed by the answers HERE
There is a summary of the Tong Fulneck Valley Association Representations HERE. You will find this document extremely helpful as it summarises the areas the TFVA will be making our representations so it will guide you to the objection categories and reasons for the objections. It is recommended that a separate form is used for each objection to maximise the effect.
And the Map showing the areas for development in the Valley is HERE.
Whilst the TFVA is submitting detailed objections it is very important that as many individual objections from the public are received as well.
Please Note this is everyone's last chance to have their voices heard to object to the proposals to build on the Tong Valley Green Belt. Please do not leave it too late - all these objections must be submitted on the Representation Forms by Monday 31st March 17.00 hours latest.
Awaiting the Inspectors outcome
Bradford council approved and published their Core Strategy Local Plan. A 6 week period followed, ending on 31/3/2014 where any objections (or Representations) regarding the plan could be submitted to the Planning Inspector to be taken into account by the Inspector in deciding whether to approve the plan or not.
The Tong and Fulneck Valley Association leafleted the Tong Valley and adjoining areas, lobbied allies and ran 4 presentations explaining the situation and potential effect on the Valley and nearby communities. We also explained how to effectively submit Representations to the Inspector.
The TFVA submitted its own representations as did members of the public and local councilors who object to the plan
We now await the outcome of the Inspectors deliberations; we do not know when that will be but the autumn is our best estimate.
The TFVA is now working on plans with other local organisations to enhance and improve the Tong Valley for the benefit of the community
Bradford Council approves it's Core Strategy
Despite heavy lobbying from TFVA and presentation of a petition carrying over a thousand signatures, Bradford Council approved its draft Local Plan Core Strategy at a Council Meeting on Dec 10th. The Plan includes for the building of over 2,700 new homes in Holme Wood and the Tong Valley. The Council has now announced a period of at least six weeks when anyone can write to the Planning Inspectors to challenge or object to any features of the Plan. Details of how to object are on the homepage.
Here is a link to the Bradford Council Core Strategy
Bradford Council LDF Proposal
You can request the Bradford Council Plan-It newsletter. Either telephone 01274 433679 or click here and send an email request.
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