Tom blasts local Tory council’s move to ‘push all the housing development into Guisborough’

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (January 7th 2014) blasted comments made by Tory-run North Yorkshire Council who have now formally argued that all new housing that could potentially have impacted on their area, should be sited in Guisborough.

Tom said:
“As part of the preparation of Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Local Plan – the document that identified land use across the borough – neighbouring councils are invited to submit comments on the draft document. Neighbouring Tory-run Hambleton District Council, which includes wealthy towns like Great Ayton, Swainby and Stokesley have responded and their message is ‘all the new houses that might have come their way should go to Guisborough’.

“In formal terms they say:

“We therefore support your new Local Plan. This is particularly in respect of seeking to stem out-migration by fully meeting local housing needs within the Borough through over allocating land and replacing difficult to deliver brownfield sites with more attractive large greenfield sites, such as those around Guisborough. This should lead to less pressure on the local housing market in nearby settlements in the north east of Hambleton (ie the Stokesley/Great Ayton area) which suffers from high house prices and affordability problems for local people.”

“So there we have it. The leafy suburbs of Hambleton should be protected from any new housing development that should then be sited in Guisborough instead. That this would mean losing even more local greenfield land and more pressure on local Guisborough services and facilities like schools and GP clinics.

“This is simply Tory NIMBY-ism at its worst. I deplore these comments, and I would hope that local Conservative Councillors in Guisborough and my local Conservative Parliamentary challenger will echo their own disgust at these comments.”

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