Few would argue with green land ‘on ice’ bid
LAST weekend brought with it the chance to go to Edenfield for a walk. You don’t have to walk far through this beautiful community to realise the scale of the anger over plans to build up to 500 new homes in the village.
And no wonder. It’s remarkable such a plan has even made it out for consultation from Rossendale council, given the controversy which surrounded the first local plan which was ultimately scrapped in the face of condemnation from community groups across the Valley.
Last week’s news that the planned 4,000 homes over the next 15 years could be reduced to 2,120 homes over 10 years has been hailed as a victory by local MP Jake Berry.
The reaction from Rossendale council has been a bit more muted to the government’s proposed reduction in target, arguing it’ll mean a reduction of 20 per cent in target.
Is that enough to protect the green belt in areas like Edenfield? Probably not.
But I’m sure few would argue with Mr Berry’s suggestion that all green land development planned in the Local Plan should be put on ice. The priority has to be redeveloping sites which have already been used.
If developers don’t like that, then tough.