In the Council’s proposed plan for our ward, there are two huge new housing estates, the first is for 250 houses just off Thornton road on green belt land. The second is for 150 houses at the edge of the cemetery and the Bronte Way.
“Proposing housing estates of this scale will have huge impacts on the village, from increased traffic, additional pressure on the school and GP surgery. These plans do not seem to put the people of Thornton first, but I will” – Jac Morton Thornton & Allerton Candidate
What isn’t included in these plans, is what improvements to the infrastructure are going made. There is no mention of a second GP surgery or second primary school to accommodate the additional families that will be moving to the area, nor is there any mention of how the additional traffic these houses will bring is going to be dealt with.
Many of these houses are planned to be built on our green land, and I would like to know why the Council cannot use its contribution from the Government Award to West Yorkshire (£67 million) to make Brownfield sites viable thereby alleviating the need to destory the green belt land that surrounds our village.
One of these housing estates was proposed in November of 2017, with a planning application being submitted. This application was met with strong objection from our community;
Helen Harmer, of Staverton Grove, Thornton, said: “This is a small village and community, we don’t have the services to support another 250 houses.
“The traffic in the village is horrendous as it is. Building more houses in our village is just going to ruin it.
“The schools are not big enough to fit the children in from an extra 250 houses.”
This isn’t the first time this land has been earmarked for development, initially it was proposed to be an industrial estate with one local resident saying “To be honest I could have done with one of the units to move my growing business into as there are no decent quality industrial units available in Bradford.”
I have serious questions whether, under the current lockdown and restrictions, important issues such as this which would normally have full public consultation, will be fully accessible to those affected. The council consultation is open from 9 am on Monday 8th February 2021 through to 11:59 pm on Wednesday 24 March 2021.
However, the consultation material will only be available online, paper copy documents will not be available in the usual deposit locations. The Council are, however putting measures in place to improve accessibility to the plan with a special order request service for paper material for people unable to access digital material.
The files can be found here;
The Council is also hosting a series of online public and stakeholder information sessions covering planning policy topics and the proposed site allocations. This information will be available on the Council’s website and I will be sharing these as they come up.
In the meantime, I will be making sure that your voice is being heard, starting with the survey below;