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Protest walk reignites fight to save Tong Valley – Fulneck green belt

25 September 2017

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The campaign to stop thousands of houses being built between Tong village and Fulneck was backed by more than 70 people at a community walk this weekend.

Protesters take in the valley view.

The walkers met at Tong Garden Centre and walked around the valley, which is green belt land, between the Holme Wood estate and the historic villages of Tong and Fulneck. The area is bounded by the ancient Black Carr Woods.

Campaigners said around 25 per cent of the valley was threatened by Bradford Council’s proposals to free the protected land in their Core Strategy Plans and allow developers to build new houses.

Campaigners from Tong and Pudsey fear woodland like this would be lost.

The route took in the areas which will become permanently lost by Bradford’s housing and road plans, and took in the views of the green belt. Walkers from Tong village, Fulneck and Pudsey were also joined by Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew, who showed his support.

Julia McGoldrick, of the Save Tong Valley group, said the aim of the walk was to re-energise opposition to housing, which the group fears would destroy a large swathe of green belt land and cause problems with pollution and traffic. She said:

“We’ve been fighting this for several years but we haven’t got any bulldozers on here yet.”

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Walkers survey the valley.

Ms McGoldrick said in future the group would be looking to raise enough money to hire a professional planning barrister to help them fight the proposals.

Bradford Council argue that there is a shortfall of housing in the district and more houses need to be built.

They say that the plan protects 98 per cent of greenbelt land, prioritises brownfield development, gets empty homes back into use and provides certainty to its partners to provide the infrastructure people will need to support new housing.

The walk drew a mixed reaction on Twitter:

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View from The Bankhouse Pub over Fulneck/Tong valley. Photo: Simon BerryPhoto: Simon Berry

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Techno says:

Do they really care about the environment, or do they only really care that house prices keep going up?

Sophie Flynn says:

This is a very beautiful area. However, you can see the edge of Bradford muscling in from the road after Tong church. Why don’t we just bulldoze and build over Tong village as well and be done with it? In fact why don’t we just concrete over the whole of the green belt? – because that is what is happening right now. Building houses in beauty spots for those who can afford it and greasing the palms of greedy developers while were at it. Diminishing what is left of our heritage while hundreds of houses remain unsold and no solution is offered when it comes to what we really do need; affordable housing.