Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance (YGA) was founded when a number of community groups from across the Leeds City Region (see map below) united in September 2016. This was in response to growing concern from many areas that community Green Belt and green space is being destroyed by, or under serious threat from, inappropriate development.
AREAS COVERED BY YGA
Leeds City Region’s Green Belt BELONGS to every citizen living here and benefits EVERYONE, whether they live close by or at a distance from it – every person in every village, town and city. New homes have to be built – but the right homes in the right places. Emerging developments in the region’s Green Belt and green spaces clearly prove the exact opposite is happening, and they are unsustainable.
YGA is a non-political initiative which is supported by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). All monies raised will be ring fenced to promote further fund raising and to support legal challenges made by YGA. The Vice Chair of Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance is also The Chair of West Yorkshire CPRE. YGA proposes to make legal challenges on behalf of affiliated groups, fighting to protect their Green Belt or green space, anywhere in the Leeds City Region.
YGA has an active committee which meets frequently to set agendas for challenge and change, campaigns and collaborations. Regional action groups will be warmly welcomed to the Alliance, which offers resources, skills and experience to provide support for our common cause. Alone, your single campaign group may struggle to find the time, resources and money to fight for your cause. United as the Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance, we will have far more power to systematically challenge Local Plans.
Interested? Join us today, or to find out more about what we do, please get in touch.
Green Belt serves five purposes:
– to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas
– to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another
– to assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment
– to preserve the setting and special character of historic towns
– to assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.
Planning law – the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – allows the removal of your Green Belt’s protection, so that it can be built on in ‘exceptional circumstances’. These circumstances are not defined, so the law is wide open to interpretation! However, Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) ministers have repeatedly said that exceptional circumstances will NOT include a planning authority’s need to meet a housing target. In order to defend your Green Belt and green space at risk, we must make a legal challenge at Inspector Hearings relating to Local Authorities’ Core Strategies and Site Allocation Plans – but that’s very expensive as we need a barrister to support our arguments.
Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance aims to unite all Green Belt and green space action groups (who’s members are all volunteers) within the ten local authorities that make up Leeds City Region.
We aim to raise money collectively to save your Green Belt and green spaces – for everyone, for always – because, let’s be clear; once it’s gone, it’s gone for ever.
It doesn’t cost anything to benefit from green spaces and Green Belt …
… but it costs the earth if it’s not saved.