Local Plan Watch: Minister removes block on Bradford plan

News that planning minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a holding direction preventing a Yorkshire authority from progressing its local plan features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.

Bradford: inspector's report had backed local plan (picture: Tim Green, Flickr)
Bradford: inspector's report had backed local plan (picture: Tim Green, Flickr)

In September last year, an inspector backed Bradford Metropolitan District Council's proposals to release land from the green belt to provide thousands of new homes.

But following a request from local Tory MP Philip Davies to intervene, Barwell issued a holding direction on the draft plan.

A letter sent to the council from Barwell said that the request "raised a number of issues including the proposed release of green belt".  

Now, the council has said that it has received a letter from the government "lifting the holding direction which will allow the formal adoption of the core strategy by the full council".

According to the council, the letter says that the secretary of state "acknowledges that the plan does not alter the existing boundaries of the green belt and that any future changes to green belt boundaries will be through the preparation of site allocations".

The news follows the lifting of a holding direction on Birmingham City Council’s local plan in November 2016.

In May 2016, former planning minister Brandon Lewis had placed a holding direction on the plan after Andrew Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, had expressed concerns about plans for 6,000 new homes on green belt land in his constituency.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announced that the direction would be lifted in a speech to the National House Building Council, he said: "Where local councils come forward with sensible, robust local plans – and are willing to take the tough decisions – I will back them all the way."

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