Ru­ral cam­paign meets hous­ing protesters

Sunderland Echo - - News - By David Al­li­son david.al­li­son@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @davi­dal­li­son88

Res­i­dents con­cerned about pro­posed de­vel­op­ments on green belt land across Sun­der­land have met with chiefs from the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land.

At a pub­lic meet­ing, mem­bers of groups such as the Save West Park cam­paign and Spring­well Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion spoke of work­ing along­side each other to op­pose de­vel­op­ment on green belt and green field sites as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.

The meet­ing was called in re­sponse to wor­ries over the Sun­der­land Draft Core Strat­egy and De­vel­op­ment Plan, which is un­der con­sul­ta­tion, but is set to dic­tate plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment un­til 2033.

Groups from North Hyl­ton, South Hyl­ton, South Bents and Het­ton, aslo raised con­cerns.

Ad­dress­ing a packed meet­ing in the Na­tional Re­serve Club in Al­bion Place, Richard Cowen, chair­man of the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land (CPRE) North East branch, said: “The most im­por­tant thing any­one who has con­cerns can do is to reg­is­ter them with the coun­cil plan­ners.

“Those con­cerns will have to be noted, but un­less you make them over the next cou­ple of weeks – the clos­ing date for con­sul­ta­tion is Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 4 – your op­po­si­tion will not be noted.”

It was also ar­gued by some guests that pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion so far has been in­ad­e­quate.

But the CPRE fo­cused on the process by which peo­ple could hope to change as­pects of the plan it­self.

Mr Cowen added: “These are hugely-im­por­tant plans for the peo­ple of Sun­der­land, po­ten­tially shap­ing the fu­ture, and it is im­por­tant that in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties know that now is their mo­ment.”

The coun­cil has said that 13,824 more homes are needed by 2033. Iain Fair­lamb, head of plan­ning and re­gen­er­a­tion at Sun­der­land City Coun­cil, has pre­vi­ously said that the author­ity wel­comes all feed­back from res­i­dents and that they can give their views on the pro­pos­als via a con­sul­ta­tion at www.sun­der­land.gov.uk/CSDP.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact CPRE sec­re­tary Gil­lan Gib­son by email­ing: gillan_gib­son@ya­hoo.co.uk.

Say No signs in Durham Road Parkside, East Her­ring­ton, and, in­set, Richard Cowen of the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land.

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