MP slams Menston planning decisions in Parliament debate

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a local MP has accused planners in Bradford of “ruining” villages such as Menston.

Philip Davies hit out at planners in Parliament yesterday during a hard-hitting debate.

He said that plans to build more than 300 new homes in Menston will not alleviate the housing demand in the centre of Bradford.

The Conservative MP said: “This housing numbers game will therefore do nothing to alleviate the housing needs of the district or to regenerate the city centre; yet it will ruin the nature of the villages in my constituency.”

He also focused on the issue of flooding over proposals to put hundreds of new homes in Bingley Road and Derry Hill and he claimed expert advice offered by a scientist had been ignored.

He also paid tribute to campaigners from the village who have been trying to throw out the proposals for the new homes.

The MP said: “I want to begin by paying tribute to the whole community, who have come together to fight the planning applications and have done all they can to protect their village.

“There was even a referendum in Menston, which saw 98.4 per cent of people vote against the development on a turnout of more than 50 per cent.

“Surely the fact that Bradford council granted permission for the development, despite the opposition from all those community groups and leaders, and the referendum, shows perfectly that localism is not working as it should

He added: “The planning applications for Menston have been treated in the most cack-handed way it is possible to imagine by Bradford council.

“The process has been littered with errors in process.”

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