Fears Raised Over Huntington Homes Plan
7:09pm 17th April 2013
Liberal Democrat Councillors have described plans for nearly 2,000 houses on green belt land in Huntington as “absurd” amid fears that local infrastructure will be unable to cope.
The plans, first announced last week by City of York Council, would see almost 22,000 new houses built across York over the next 15 years, including on draft green belt sites and sites previously rejected by residents. The 1,090 house-a-year expansion would mean a projected population growth of 40,000, with almost 650 hectares of land being developed on 62 different sites.
In Huntington, the plans would see nearly 2,000 houses built on draft green belt land, including 1,569 houses north of Monks Cross and 411 new houses on a site to the east of New Lane.
Councillor Keith Orrell, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick, commented:
“The proposal to build 2,000 more houses on green belt land in Huntington is completely absurd. Over the years Huntington has taken far more than its fair share of new housing developments and there are two more major developments about to happen. And, of course, the new stadium together with John Lewis and M&S stores will be built soon.
“The infrastructure of our area just can’t cope with such a further massive expansion. The green belt is there to protect communities from over development – these proposals make Labour’s election promise to protect our green belt just empty words.”
Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick, added:
“The Liberal Democrat Group have always been clear that green belt land should be protected wherever possible and Labour should now come-up with more realistic housing targets that focus development on brownfield sites across York.”
Earlier the week, Nick Emmerson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for York Outer, launched a petition to save York’s Green Belt. It can be found here: www.yorklibdems.org.uk/saveourgreenbelt
Speaking at the launch of the Local Plan where the plans for new homes were announced, Councillor James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “We recognise that the biggest challenge for York is the city’s need for affordable housing. Having met with the Minister for Planning, Nick Boles MP, I’m pleased that he agrees with our push for economic growth through an ambitious Local Plan.
“We’ve taken the tough decision to allocate 1.8 per cent of draft green belt land for development in order to meet the needs of our rapidly growing city and deliver key developments such as York Central, and to deliver jobs, homes and protect York’s unique built environment for future generations.”
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