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Mrs. J. Banks
South Craven
Sunday, March 8, 2009 09:17
Development on green belt land
I would like to contact the organiser or the NODISC campaign to get some advice as we in Cowling want to stop development on green belt land.
If anyone has any information as to which official documents ought to be read, please contact me via this site.

Mrs. J. Banks
Liz K
Monday, March 9, 2009 07:40
Dear Mrs Banks,
We will be organising a NODISC meeting in the next month after the 3 drop-in sessions on the LDF, we would be pleased to see you there. If its OK with you, please advise Paul, webmaster, that you're happy for him to pass on your e-mail address to me, and I'll contact you directly.
Best Wishes

Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Saturday, March 14, 2009 07:57

Brian Verity of skipton properties seems to be blaming Skipton Council for the current housing situation.
This guy really takes the biscuit, As much as the council annoys me, even they cannot be blamed for that. He is only interested in lining his own pockets.
The Council are in a difficult position, It would be easy for them, to roll over to the likes of Verity and Skipton properties, and then blame the Government for imposing housing quotas on them. This would decimate Skipton and craven as the "gateway to the dales", and it would become a large suburban sprawl, ideal for feeding commuters to Leeds. The idea of the extra housing benefitting locals being a red herring.
The main reason why there is so little "affordable" housing, is for years the big developers have got around the housing regulations by putting houses in clusters just below the threshold requiring a minimum percentage being affordable. This loophole maybe being tightened, but the developers are desperate to secure large scale developments for their long-term security, and unless the Council have the bottle to stand up to these Bully-boys, we will all suffer in the long run.
I say bully-boys in all seriousness. They have already threatened to go over the Councils heads, using lawyers, to high court to get their own way. Public pressure, together with the council holding there nerve, is the only chance Skipton has got to avoid this long term disaster.

i got the above article from a skipton web site, not sure of the name of the author but they echo my sentiments entirley
please craven district council have the b***s to stand up to such companies as skipton properties who are wanting to get the Green Lane development for muir housing
and as for sian watson and joe steele, dont get me started
Paul Wilkinson
Saturday, March 14, 2009 08:37
Citation for the above quotation...

Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Saturday, March 14, 2009 15:07
cheers webmaster for the link
these sentiments are shared by hundreds of local people
just a shame the democratically elected councillors of these people let the developers threats scare them in to watering down the reasons for fear of costs in the high court
cdc is 2.5 million in debt at present.they should have stood their ground against those taking high court action against the planning inspectorates decision.
if the Green Lane development decision is overturned then heaven help sutton and crosshills in the future regarding developments in these lovely villages
regards Graham
cannot believe that eyesore of a new development down holme lane

Saturday, March 14, 2009 16:30
You mean the one thats supposed to meet local need? By placing the affordable housing away from the more "acceptable" housing? The design has been changed affecting parking and gardens, it looks disheartening. As a disabled person I can only say the supposedly disabled friendly/lifelong housing for families is heartbreaking. Once again the council has let those most in need down.

Would nodisc be interested in looking at local disabled housing needs? There are actually quite a few of us, many quite ill and easy prey to the council.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 19:09
Thank you for your comments Jin, it is certainly something that needs to be borne in mind. I will pass your comments onto the NODISC members. Dawn

Saturday, March 14, 2009 20:32
Thanks Dawn.

You could look at it in respect of pushing for a new housing needs assessment, which cllr Barrett seems to want. The old one completely excludes disabled people, doesn't that make housing decisions based on it invalid for everybody not just the disabled and open to judicial review?

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