Decision Time - Garden Communities and Local Plan
New evidence from Council experts regarding garden communities will soon be tested through the Local Plan process which sets a framework for housing and other development. This Plan is essential as without there are fewer controls on development.
The Conservative Government set the targets and Councils everywhere are under huge pressures to make land available so new houses, nearly a thousand a year or so, can be built.
Middlewick Ranges housing proposals are the latest example. Government wanted the site to have 2,000 homes. Your Lib Dem led Council resisted that. The current proposals are for 1,000 new homes. That's still another huge development without facilities that cuts into green space and puts pressure on local roads.
There is a better way. It has many opponents. In particular and understandably those likely to be affected by new garden communities. These can deliver the right sort of homes needed with the quality facilities, infrastructure and green space required, places people can live, work and play.
We want to build those new communities, over many years, with homes of quality, that will last, in community settings of which we can be proud. Led by the Councils with profits recycled into public facilities not private pockets.
A fierce debate is underway. Between more of the same. Or a more sustainable and community aware approach, consulting as we go, that brings facilities and quality of life, not just traffic jams and a sea of new housing. We ask for your support.
We are your Lib Dems - leading your Council. Practical dedicated people. Making a difference - ambitious new plans already underway for hundreds of new Council and affordable homes. And planning for the longer term - garden communities not developer led 'build and walk away' housing estates without the facilities residents deserve and which only garden communities can deliver.