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MP addresses planning issues in Guiseley
9:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Local news
Labour heavyweight Hilary Benn discussed the problems of over-development in Guiseley during a visit to the town on Saturday.
The MP, Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, joined local Labour party members on the doorsteps in Guiseley.
He also met a group of residents from the Ings Lane area to discuss issues they had.
Residents successfully fought a campaign nearly ten years ago to stop development on green belt land, but they now fear for the future of the land, which has been suggested as suitable for housing. Sixty local people gathered in the beer garden of the The Ings pub to meet and speak with Mr Benn. The MP’s visit to Guisley marked the beginning of Labour’s campaign to win seats in next year’s local government election.
David Bowe, Labour’s local government candidate for next year’s election, said Mr Benn had been keen to join local party members to see at first hand the issues on the ground and to hear the concerns of local residents and community groups.
He added: “Many of the issues that we will be campaigning on in the coming months are within the scope of his current Shadow Minister portfolio, that is planning and development issues, the need for and the role of town councils and protection of green space and green belt land.”