Following the recent news of the publication of the Inspectors Report after the recent Leeds Site Allocation Plan inquiry and also of the proposed South East Bradford Link Road, Stuart has taken steps to protect the greenbelt in Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough.
Stuart has written urgently to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to Leeds City Council and to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to reiterate his constituents very real concerns on the impact this will have on the greenbelt, infrastructure, roads, public transport, schools, hospitals and pollution.
Stuart said: “I have opposed the Leeds Site Allocation Plan since the beginning and I am absolutely astounded by the outcome of the Inspectors Report. I am entirely unable to see how they concluded that such an ill-thought out plan could simply go ahead with a few minor adjustments that do nothing to address the very real concerns we are all having. I have been engaging with my constituents and local neighbourhood planning groups on this ever since the first Site Allocation Plan was published and I am entirely in agreement with the concerns everyone is having.
I have written an urgent and comprehensive letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to seek their advice on how affected residents and campaigners can resist these extremely damaging plans to delete our greenbelt as it has become apparent that none of the parties involved in this extremely flawed process are listening. It is particularly disappointing that Leeds City Council have failed to listen to their own residents and I will continue to do everything I can and object in the strongest possible terms on behalf of my constituents to the Leeds Site Allocation Plans.
I have also contacted those at the forefront of the South East Bradford link road proposals to make it absolutely clear that I will be objecting to any efforts to damage my constituency and that I absolutely fail to see how this road can be constructed in a way that does not cut right through the greenbelt and directly into the heart of my constituency.
While it does very frequently feel like I am fighting an uphill battle, I would like to assure my constituents that I am very passionate about protecting our greenbelt and I will continue to do all I can to resist these efforts to harm our precious spaces.”