Stuart Andrew MP: ‘Leeds City Council has serious questions to answer about housing target failures’

Following the decision by Leeds City Council to request a change of the scheduled examination of the Leeds Site Allocation Plan, Stuart Andrew MP has told the Yorkshire Evening Post this week that ‘Leeds City Council has serious questions to answer about housing target failures.’

Local groups, with Conservative councillors and MPs, have consistently made the point that the over-inflated housing target of Leeds City Council was not in line with official population data, was not deliverable, and would wipe out swathes of our precious Green Belt forever - Green Belt put there to ensure urban regeneration rather than sprawl in industrial areas.

The Labour-run council turned down an offer by the government inspector in 2014 to work with them on these targets, an offer made because independent ONS population and household forecasts emerging from the 2011 Census were far lower than the figures that the Council had used.

The Council had many opportunities to look again at the target and preserve our important environment but instead ploughed on regardless, and took no notice of residents’ concerns.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/opinion/stuart-andrew-mp-leeds-city-council-has-serious-questions-to-answer-about-housing-target-failures-1-8795198