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Liz Kildunne
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 20:00
Possible Future Development Sites - Sutton
Dear All

this week's Craven Herald has alerted me to check out the latest proposals for possible future development sites to be included in the Local Plan for Craven, including Sutton. I may be wrong, but I would suspect that if they are approved to be included, it will only be a matter of time before the applications are in and granted - these things are always "subject to planning application" but in principle, once the land is allocated, the battle would be much harder - look at what happened in Steeton of Thornhill Road - land allocated years ago, now around 200 houses due for building.
So, I checked out the latest document, page 32/33 refers to Sutton. You can check out the latest document here:

They have proposed two sites, one of which encompasses the three fields off Sutton Lane, the green wedge between Sutton and Eastburn, and that which represents the gateway to the village. The pictures which have been posted recently, Views from Ravenstone Woods, show how these have remained in tact since the early 1900's.
As yet, I don't know if/when the public will get consulted on this latest proposal, but get ready for a fight! According to all the surveys they've done, we need 5 houses a year in Sutton - I dread to think how many could they cram on that green space.
Mark Spence
Saturday, June 21, 2014 22:56
Does anyone know what a "Strategic Green Space" is?
Is it anything similar to a large area covered by grass, often used for agriculture?
Stephen Spencer Place
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 08:09
Hi Mark. Strategic Green Spaces are precious(to the local community) places and form a part of the tapestry of green spaces woven into our urban fabric. Recreation grounds, riverside walks, kiddies play area, sports grounds, cemeteries and allotments are a part of this rich matrix. CDC has a strategy which dictates that new and larger applications for housing development should include such open space(or green lung) within or near to the suggested development site. Another form of Open Space is enshrined in Policy, namely the Plan designated "Green Wedge". This is a continuous and previously undeveloped ribbon of land dividing two, or more, dissimilar communities, for example, Sutton from Crosshills, Sutton from Eastburn, or even one housing estate from another.
Joan M. Tindale
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 20:17
Having lived up here in Cowling all my life - a long time now - I have seen 15 estates built- plus numerous conversions. Initially Cowling's housing allocation was 3 per year, but over 2 years ago - I did a lot of research almost solid for 2 weeks and managed to get our allocation reduced from 3 to 2 per year over a 15 year period. When I asked at CDC I was told that only one other village had even queried their nos. at that time!
Liz Kildunne
Saturday, June 28, 2014 20:34
They seem to be quite a way down the road with this, considering it hasn't been opened to public consultation of strategic green spaces and discussing highways stuff with Bradford MDC - hope this isn't a sign of being stitched up. And Joan, our housing need has been reduced to just 5 per year, yet they're considering huge sites like this. A disgrace.

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There's also a change to the email address to contact CDC about the local plan (formerly LDF)

We need to get in on this as early as possible, before decisions affecting our village are taken without our voices being heard. I urge as many people as possible to subscribe to the consultation process through the website address above.

Best Wishes

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