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New alliance set up in Rawdon to strengthen Yorkshire greenfields fight
Campaigners fighting to save green space from the “predatory actions of developers” have formed a new Yorkshire alliance.
An inaugural meeting of the Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance was held in Rawdon last month.
The alliance is the brainchild of a steering group with members from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Yorkshire), Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development and Kirklees Community Action Network.
The organisation said: “The new alliance is not intended to dissolve or cancel out existing groups concerned about the loss of green space across the county, but to garner support for co-ordinated action to protect greenbelt/greenfield sites from the predatory actions of developers.”
It added: “We’ve taken this important step because we believe that by working together; sharing knowledge, expertise and resources; we will have a much stronger influence on planning issues at local, regional and national levels. We hope that other groups who share our aims will be inspired to join us.”
As a starting point, the group has decided to adopt the key demands of CPRE’s recently-launched National Save Our Countryside Charter – to protect countryside and green space, to give local communities a fair say, and to have more housing in the right places.
It is also calling for changes to the planning system, arguing: “The planning system has changed radically over the last couple of years, but not all the changes are beneficial or being implemented fairly.
“We intend to press for changes which will rectify the problems locally and nationally, including a rebalancing of the appeals process and powers of the Planning Inspectorate.”
The group says it is also aiming to ensure that core strategies being prepared by councils in West Yorkshire are practical, realistic, sustainable and relevant to local areas.
A new website is being set up and anyone interested in supporting the new alliance should contact David Ingham, whose details are on wardyorkshire.org, or Robert Bamforth at Robert@ redrock.eclipse.co.uk.
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