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Letter to The Press: Labour's Green Belt Failure

April 22, 2011 12:00 PM

James Alexander's letter to The Press yesterday continues his party's failure to address one of the key concerns about Labour's policy on the green belt. He says the Council's planning framework is unsound because it doesn't contain high enough housing targets, saying Labour believe more houses should be built in York. Yet he still fails to identify where the available land is to accommodate these extra houses.

Labour wants to increase the number of houses built by around 300 a year, but where will these houses be built? James Alexander claims not in the green belt but if not there, where? There aren't enough available brown field sites in the city to accommodate such high house building numbers.

If Labour wants to be taken seriously they need to come clean and say where these houses will be built. If they believe that building more houses is more important than protecting the green belt they should say so, rather than keeping up with this attempt to pretend that they can somehow build on brown field sites that simply don't exist.

What Labour are proposing is inevitably going to lead to development on the green belt and for them to pretend otherwise is disingenuous.

Councillor Paul Firth

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Haxby & Wigginton