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Keighley campaign group BANDAG calls for research into empty homes figures
A Keighley campaign group has demanded in-depth research by Bradford Council into the number of empty homes across the district.
BANDAG believes the findings would support its case that there is no need for massive housing development in the local countryside. BANDAG, the Braithwaite and North Dean Action Group, campaigns for greater use of brownfield sites, such as derelict land in the town centre.
Spokesman Barbara Archer said housing developers were being given permission to build on greenfield sites due to fears of an impending housing shortage.
She added: “Information is coming to me from a variety of sources that suggests the information this is based on is seriously flawed. There is nothing that suggests any shortage.”
Bradford Council last year carried out extensive consultation on the district’s housing needs through the Local Development Framework, which proposes 45,000 new homes during the next 15 years. The council also carried out an empty-homes survey in 2011 and a home ownership survey last year.