Campaigners fighting against plans to build 1,500 houses on greenbelt land between Bradford and Pudsey have launched a crowdfunding campaign to fight the proposals.
Bradford Council recently began a public consultation on its Local Plan, a document that will map out sites where housing should, and should not, be built.
The hefty document, which runs into hundreds of pages, also includes locations for future employment sites – and have sparked concerns on the impact on the green belt bordering Tong Village and the Fulneck area of Pudsey.
The Tong and Fulneck Valley Association fears 1,500 new houses could be built in the green belt between Bradford and West Leeds, along with a new employment site between Tong Garden Centre and the Tong Lane farm shop.
They say the proposals, alongside ongoing plans plans for a new £64 million road that will link the Westgate Hill roundabout with the East of the city, will damage the heritage sites of Fulneck and Tong.
Julia McGoldrick, chair of the Tong and Fulneck Valley Association, told an online public meeting last week that they have appointed solicitors to help fight the proposals – and have launched a £3,000 crowdfunding campaign to help fund legal fees to fight the proposals. At the time of writing, more than £1,300 has been raised in less than a week. She said:
“We have now instructed formal legal advice and we will be submitting a robust objection to these plans.”
Campaigner Elizabeth Edgington said the land provides a vital countryside ‘lung’ between Leeds and Bradford and that proposals were ‘completely disproportionate’. In the online crowdfunder, she wrote:
“Bradford Council have made it clear in their Core Strategy Plans that they are considering the development of substantial new housing and a road in the beautiful Tong and Fulneck Valley.
“This is despite two separate public consultations where the local residents overwhelmingly opposed any plans to develop in the greenbelt of Tong Fulneck Valley. The Council are under pressure to provide housing, and greenbelt land is much preferred by the property developers because it is cheaper to build on.”
To take part in the consultation, and to see the full list of sites, visit https://bradford.oc2.uk/document/20.
Volunteers are also being sought by campaigners for a tree survey of Black Carr Woods.
One of the most controversial aspects of the early drafts of the plan was a proposal to build 2,500 homes in the Tong Valley to the East of Holme Wood, much of which is green belt land. The plan says that the allocation for this area has been reduced – now 2,126 need to be built across the entire South East Bradford area.