Get the facts right about new housing
In future, Kate Knaggs should research her facts before putting pen to paper or sending a hasty e-mail to the letters page ("New homes yes, countryside no", Mercury Mailbox, October 2).
Let me give her some facts.
The Conservative Cabinet at Charnwood Borough Council have not given the go-ahead for 4,500 houses adjoining our village, merely a direction for further detailed traffic modelling
Kate states that the country has a housing crisis.
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We all know that the Labour government didn't only leave the country with a huge burden of debt, it also left a huge need for housing.
This need has to satisfy targets set by the previous government.
In this process, all local authorities have to submit a plan for future housing growth.
Unfortunately, Leicester City Council, while working on its own local plan failed to identify sufficient land to accommodate its future housing targets.
It sought partners to fulfil the housing needs. This required a strategy of urban concentration from district councils that adjoin the city boundaries.
At the cabinet meeting in December 2005, the Labour administration at Charnwood Borough Council agreed to a policy of urban concentration, therefore agreeing to take the residual housing numbers from the city council.
The current Conservative administration now has its hands tied, unless we can find overwhelming evidence, such as unacceptable traffic congestion; we are left with the problem of finding land to accommodate 5,893 dwellings adjoining the city boundary in Charnwood, of which 4000-plus may be located north of Hamilton and east of Thurmaston.
We have tried in vain to talk to the Labour administration at the city council.
Recently, an open letter have been sent in to the Mercury to the mayor (from County Councillor Stephen Hampson, Mercury Mailbox, September 18) in a bid to open a dialogue to renegotiate the deal so that the "overspill" can be accommodated within the huge areas of brownfield sites contained within the city boundaries.
I would suggest that rather than criticise Charnwood Borough Council in its efforts to sort out the mess inherited from its predecessors, Kate and her Labour colleagues join with their brothers and sisters of all political affiliations and try to persuade the city council to review its policy and build on land within its boundaries, rather than open countryside.
Paul Harley, Charnwood Borough Councillor, Thurmaston.