Conference unites anti-development campaign groups

3:00pm Monday 8th April 2013

By Annette McIntyre

A Pan Yorkshire conference will take place this month to unite groups which are fighting unwanted development.

The conference is being organised by the campaign group WARD (Wharfedale and Airedale Development Review) and the CPRE.

It will take place in Leeds on April 27. Speakers will include Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew and Yorkshire and Humberside MEP Godfrey Bloom.

WARD Chairman Dr David Ingham said the event had been convened to examine the implications of new National Planning Policy law which, from 1 April, posed a “real threat to our precious Yorkshire green space.”

He said the change meant there would be “a presumption in favour of sustainable development” and would be a fantastic charter for developers.

He added: “The expertise of our speakers reflects a range of views on planning issues which should serve to stimulate discussion, hone our insights into the various problems and assist our efforts to resist the spread of unsustainable development and the loss of ever more valuable green space.

“Following the conference it is hoped that all groups across Yorkshire, concerned about unsustainable development, might see the benefits of closer co-operation in our efforts to lobby for reform of planning laws which are currently so heavily biased in favour of developers and against local communities.”

WARD was founded as an umbrella organisation just over two years ago with an initial meeting of six people.

They brought together the concerns of several community groups about rapid development and its effects on the local infrastructure.

The event takes place from 10am to 4pm. Tickets, which include lunch and morning and afternoon tea or coffee, cost £10 per delegate or £5 for students.

They can be obtained from WARD treasurer Martin Hughes at Aire Cottage, 1 Fleet Through Road, Newlay Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4LP.

He can also be contacted via e-mail at martin@catrake.co.uk or on 07976 916166

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