8th July 2015

Our Manifesto

This is Our Manifesto…

We are against any encroachment on green field land adjacent to, and outside the Yatton settlement boundary.

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We are not against new housing per se – but it needs to be proportionate, sustainable, small scale, on brownfield land, within the settlement boundary… and first we need the infrastructure.

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We believe that more effort should be made to identify small sites for development, and more support to small and medium-sized house-builders.

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We urge the Government to fulfill its manifesto commitments to protect the countryside, and at the same time improve the viability and quality of brownfield development.

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We welcome low cost housing of high quality and designed to meet the local need.

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We call on Council Members to ‘freeze’ all consideration of major housing development until the implications of the imminent announcement on a ‘housing requirement’ by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government are considered and consulted upon.

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We encourage the Council to be more resourceful in view of the often cynical way in which some developers conduct themselves in the consultation process.

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The Council should ensure that all developers properly advertise their plans to all those potentially affected – and call developers to account when this does not happen.

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We call for more transparency and accountability surrounding Viability Assessments, Section 106 negotiations, and how and where New Homes Bonus money is spent.

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We ask that our elected representatives actively and vocally support the community in these demands.

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We promise to conduct ourselves in a way that is passionate but professional; credible, determined, evidential, open, respectful, persuasive, and always truthful.

July 2015

2 thoughts on “Our Manifesto

  • An excellent statement which captures all the key factors which need to be pursued to protect the village from housing developers opportunistic encroachment and urbanisation of our rural environment. I applaud the authors of this manifesto and endorse fully the objectives of NMD

  • The manifesto very clear and concise. Good work.
    With the iminent demise of the local ladder manufactuerer there could be an abundance of brown feild sites in the area.

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