Local MP calls for protection of greenbelt land


AN MP is urging government to step in and protect the greenbelt amid fears Bradford Council will ride roughshod over the concerns of residents and build hundreds of houses on what should be protected land.


Shipley MP Philip Davies told the Commons his constituents did not have faith in council chiefs who should be building on the ample brownfield sites available in the city centre to meet any housing demands.


He said: “My constituents in Burley in Wharfedale are facing a planning application for 500 houses on the greenbelt in that village and my constituents in Baildon are facing similar proposals for building on the green belt. Surely the whole point of having the greenbelt is that it should be immune from house building going up there.


“My constituents do not trust Bradford Council to look after their interests and look to the government to ensure they are properly protected.”


New Prime Minister Theresa May is currently appointing her new cabinet and Mr Davies said once in post he or she must make a statement on protecting greenbelt land.


Commons Leader Chris Grayling said: “Monday is DCLG questions, he can make what is an important point to him and his constituents then, and he will continue as ever to be a powerful advocate for Yorkshire.”


Mr Davies has met with CEG the developers of the Burley in Wharfedale proposals and has vowed to fight tooth and nail against the plans.


He added: “No houses should be built on greenbelt land in my constituency and it shouldn’t even be considered until all the brownfield land in the centre of Bradford is developed”.