The new housing plan for Bradford is well into the consultation phase. With many residents worried commenting;
“There has been a lot of housing built in Thornton recently, services and roads already overloaded” – Thornton Resident
With what seems like a lack of forethought for the provision of services, the environmental impact and an increase of traffic in the family areas of Bradford, the planning team did not even ask the local Councillors what their views were. This proposed plan appears to be, being forced through with as little consultation from the communities it is going to affect the most.
“This process is undemocratic, not accessible to many and I will campaign to postpone the consultation until after Covid restriction have been lifted. It seems this Labour council cares more about box-ticking than it does about the people who live in our ward. ” – Jac Morton Thornton & Allerton Candidate
This is the same council that regularly highlights the digital divide within Bradford. Yet when it comes to housing plans, the only way to access the plan is via the internet with little to no provision for those who need paper copies.
Those who do attempt to fill out the “online survey” find it is a situated within the planning document, which is quite misleading in itself and once you manage to find the questions you then have to create an account. That is if you manage to find the correct link to the “online survey” which is buried deep in the council’s website.
In comparison take a look at the consultation for the top of town, this is a simple and easy to use survey, that doesn’t involve scrolling through pages and pages of text before you can have your say.
Having a digital survey is a fantastic way for people easily have their say, but the Council seems to be doing what the can to force this through regardless of your views.
However, if you email your concerns and objections to the plans to Planning.Policy@bradford.gov.uk, the will be noted. You will need to list the area you are concerned about and the objections you have to the proposed plans.