Few would ar­gue with green land ‘on ice’ bid

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

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.

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