Philip condemns council plans to use brownfield land for a car park rather than housing

Allowing a site earmarked for housing development in Bradford city centre to be turned into a car park is proof there is no need to build hundreds of houses on greenbelt in Shipley, an MP has said.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said the council could no longer claim a new build of 500 homes on greenbelt in Burley in Wharfdale was necessary after allowing brownfield land to be used as a car park rather than for housing development.

Speaking in Parliament he called for Government to stop the proposals.

He said: “The Secretary of State and Minister will know I have requested they call in a planning application passed by Bradford Council for 500 houses on the greenbelt in Burley in Wharfdale in my constituency.

“Given since then Bradford Council has now accepted that they do not need to build as many houses as they first thought and have actually allowed a building development in Bradford city centre to be turned into a car park that was earmarked for hundreds of houses. Would he agree with me there is clearly not an exceptional case now to build those houses on the green belt and would he call in this application and when can my constituents expect a response?”

Mr Davies said 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 added: “No houses should be built on greenbelt land in my constituency until all the brownfield land in Bradford earmarked for development is built on”.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire said: “He will know it is very difficult for me to comment on issues of respective individual planning applications because of the quasi judicial function that ministers hold but I note the comments made.”