News - Green Belt Development

NEW - 24th September 2012 // UPDATED - 21st November 2012

UPDATED - 21st November 2012

Local Development Framework Steering Group Meeting Minutes - 19th November 2012

NEW - 24th September 2012

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Mark Axford - Planning Policy Officer at Bournemouth Borough Council and Phil Robinson - Planning Policy, Conservation and Design Manager at Bournemouth Borough Council
22nd September 2012
RE: Green Belt Development

Mark / Phil.

It makes me question why I cannot get any form of detail response from officers on this one very serious issues on the Green Belt sites, having attended to Summer Planning School and having a presentations from a planning team member and former Barrister where we were discussing a number of planning and environmental, infrastructure issue, the team touched on travellers sites, and yes reference made to what is NOT acceptable, one being grade 1 especially and grade 2 Agricultural land which as we know is what both Erlin Farm and Careys road are, sadly Bakers failed to make the proper and detail enquires with both the tenant Farmer and our own management staff. As said at the school there is a shortage of such grade land and where we have such it should be fully protected.

Having explained what was going in our Borough they cannot believe that we have allowed this to go on for so long without clearly rejecting any such suggestion of even putting forward such sites, we now are approaching 10 months plus, and I and many hundreds are waiting to know when this authority will get its act together and delete these three green belt sites.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Mark Axford - Planning Policy Officer at Bournemouth Borough Council
12th September 2012
RE: Green Belt Development

Mark.

Not unexpected, having calls regarding the Green Belt, I need clarification as requested as this is turning out again to be a very highly controversial issue, due to issues around residents unable to sell and the blight at present it has put on residents homes.

As I have spent many months on the evidence base and producing the photo evidence that Erlin Farm is a working Farm and not in council ownership, Careys Road also being grade 1 and besides the impossibility of getting access into this small green belt site.

Throop road then causing travellers vehicles to travel through high residential roads where if one checks out other similar sites few if any have been located in residential areas, more so they normally have access of main carriageway etc, like Bristol for one.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Mark Axford - Planning Policy Officer at Bournemouth Borough Council
11th September 2012
RE: Green Belt Development

Mark, am as you know far from happy at the way this whole matter is proceeding, have emailed Phil a number of times including the evidence to show that Erlin farm is a working farm and due to the cock-up by you know who, Bakers did not delete Erlin Farm like wise the land at Cares road is far from suitable for such use and is at present being used for grazing on a licence, also it would be impossible to allocate five pitch sites, being adjacent to properties and the Jewish cemetery.

I made reference to the modification that show that the new amended policy "not to be located in the Green Belt", you reply that this only applies to new unallocated sites, as we have not approved this three green belt sites they are then unallocated.

This need clarification as clearly I will now be receiving further calls.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Local Resident
11th September 2012
RE: Green Belt Development

Matt, this morning talking with officers it still does not mean we that Green Belt is protected from sites, yet we are told in the new core strategy that "not to be located in the green belt", told that the so-called joint committee are meeting to discuss all the issues raised by Bakers report, am seeking further clarification from officers here.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Local Resident
11th September 2012
RE: Green Belt Development

Hi Ron - I assume this is more "smoke and mirrors" re: green belt development. I note the words used by Cllr Smith, "...green belt land will be protected from future major development". Major but not minor... Will traveller sites be regarded as minor?

Policy to protect green belt land in Bournemouth agreed by inspector

Regards,
Matt