This is Our Manifesto…
We are against any encroachment on green field land adjacent to, and outside the Yatton settlement boundary.
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.
We believe that more effort should be made to identify small sites for development, and more support to small and medium-sized house-builders.
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.
We welcome low cost housing of high quality and designed to meet the local need.
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.
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.
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.
We call for more transparency and accountability surrounding Viability Assessments, Section 106 negotiations, and how and where New Homes Bonus money is spent.
We ask that our elected representatives actively and vocally support the community in these demands.
We promise to conduct ourselves in a way that is passionate but professional; credible, determined, evidential, open, respectful, persuasive, and always truthful.