Referendum to be held on Menston homes plan

Ilkley Gazette: Menston Action Group protesters at Bradford Council's planning department last year. Buy this photo » Menston Action Group protesters at Bradford Council's planning department last year.

People living in Menston will get the chance to vote in a referendum about whether they want 300 new homes in the village.

Developers Taylor Wimpey want to build 124 homes off Bingley Road, while Barratt Homes have applied to build 174 new houses at Derry Hill.

Campaigners fighting the proposals believe a referendum will be held before the end of the month.

The referendum will ask people to agree or disagree with a motion urging Bradford Council not to accept plans for the new homes.

No date for the vote has been confirmed, but it is expected to be within 14 to 25 days from a meeting held last Friday. Campaigners have used powers in the 1972 local Government Act to call the referendum.

Menston Action Group president Philip Moore said he was pleased residents would get the chance to go to the polls.

“We’ll take the result to the Council and see if they will then listen to the results of this referendum,” he said.

“Failing that we’d present the results to the Government’s Department for Local Communities and Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State.

“It’s much stronger than a petition for instance, coupled with all the objection letters and the referendum, I think, will carry a lot of weight.”

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12:30pm Sun 13 Mar 11

IandRgb says...

Rather than waiting for new democracy and referendum rules which may come in with the Localism Bill (currently going through Parliament) it was wise to act using the existing rules for Parish Polls (1972 Local Government Act etc.). Stronger democracy is currently included in the Localism Bill but there is no guarantee that the end result will be satisfactory. One proposed item is that a referendum can be triggered on any local issue as a result of a proposal signed by one in twenty voters. Also, there are several suggestions to improve the influence of "local people" on planning decisions such as the one in dispute at Menston. We should not be complacent. Powerful groups and companies are lobbying now to weaken these proposals for more democracy. The lobbyists include a large energy concern, house builder companies, some local councils and council associations. If you are concerned about our democracy and the influence of local people on local affairs then please consider taking action. More information may be found via http://www.iniref.or
g/latest.html
Rather than waiting for new democracy and referendum rules which may come in with the Localism Bill (currently going through Parliament) it was wise to act using the existing rules for Parish Polls (1972 Local Government Act etc.). Stronger democracy is currently included in the Localism Bill but there is no guarantee that the end result will be satisfactory. One proposed item is that a referendum can be triggered on any local issue as a result of a proposal signed by one in twenty voters. Also, there are several suggestions to improve the influence of "local people" on planning decisions such as the one in dispute at Menston. We should not be complacent. Powerful groups and companies are lobbying now to weaken these proposals for more democracy. The lobbyists include a large energy concern, house builder companies, some local councils and council associations. If you are concerned about our democracy and the influence of local people on local affairs then please consider taking action. More information may be found via http://www.iniref.or g/latest.html IandRgb

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