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Plans to build hundreds of homes on the green belt to the west of Burley in Wharfedale have been halted.

The Government has ‘called-in’ the scheme after concerns were raised by residents and local politicians.

A public inquiry will now be held into the development on land at Sun Lane and Ilkley Road.

It means the decision will be taken out of Bradford Council’s hands and given to the Planning Inspectorate.

The proposals for 500 new homes, plus allotments, new footpaths, cycleways and a new school were approved by Bradford Council back in May.

Shipley MP Philip Davies, who’s constituency covers Burley in Wharfedale, said:

“This is fantastic news for my constituents who have been opposed to the plans to build on the green belt site. No homes should be built on green belt sites until all brownfield sites are used. It was clear from the beginning this proposal was wrong, not only was it on greenbelt land but using the land at Sun Lane and Ilkley Road was not going to meet the need for housing in the city centre. There are ample brownfield sites to meet demand.

“I am delighted now residents will be able to have their say and the proposal independently scrutinised. The fact that only about ten planning applications are called in each year by Government shows my concerns and those of my constituents about the Council’s decision have been recognised and James agrees need independent evaluation.”

Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire has written to Bradford Council.

He said he wanted further information on policies on the National Planning Police Framework on protecting Green Belt and also on delivering a wide choice of quality homes, along with information on the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with the development plan for the area.

Mr Brokenshire added:

“The Government’s policy on call in is to be very selective. It is right that almost all cases the initial decision on whether the application should proceed should be taken by the local planning authority. In general, planning applications are only called in if planning issues of more than local importance are involved.

“There are occasions when it is right for me to decide the issue, normally following a public inquiry. I have sent a letter to Bradford Council which explains the reasons for my decision and indicates the issues on which I wish to be informed for the purposes of my consideration of the application. Arrangements for the public inquiry will be made shortly.”

Source: Stray FM

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