We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Labour Warned Over Green Belt Plans

May 30, 2011 11:00 AM

Liberal Democrat Councillors have warned the new Labour administration that they risk going against the wishes of residents if they push ahead with plans to increase the number of houses built in the city.

The plans were revealed in the agenda for Labour's first Cabinet meeting, which was published today. The papers show that the new Cabinet Member for City Strategy, Councillor Dave Merrett has requested plans be put together to increase the number of houses built in the city from the agreed 575 per year, to 800 per year.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Ann Reid, who sits on the Local Development Framework Working Group, warned that such a move would mean development on the green belt was inevitable and would go against the wishes of residents.

She said, "Previous consultation on the new Local Development Framework found that around 60% of residents were opposed to indentifying land in the green belt for development. Yet if Labour decide to increase the targets for the number of houses to be built in York they are effectively giving the green light to development on the green belt."

"In April, during the debate at full council on this issue we asked Labour a number of times to state where the extra houses would be built if not in the green belt. Not one Labour Councillor was able to answer this question."

"The simple fact is there aren't enough brown field sites to accommodate the number of extra houses Labour want to build. If they increase house building targets, they are giving the go ahead to development on the green belt."

Councillor Reid added, "Labour must be honest with residents and tell them where all these extra houses are going to go. Until they can answer that question they shouldn't be making any decisions."