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New ‘supergroup’ to fight developments
9:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in Keighley
A new ‘supergroup’ of green space campaigners will help local communities in their fight against unwanted developments.
Yorkshire Greenspace All-iance (YGA) has been formed from several different groups, including Wharfedale and Airedale Review Development, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Kirklees Community Action Network, in response to perceived ‘predatory’ actions of developers.
They want an end to building on green fields, demand previously developed land is used first, and want communities to have a bigger say in developments.
The group formed at a meeting late last month, and also includes smaller organisations set up to fight individual campaigns.
YGA co-founder, Charles Tunbridge, of CPRE West Yorkshire, said: “We’ve taken this important step to create a pan-Yorkshire alliance because we strongly believe by working together – sharing knowledge, expertise and resources – we will collectively have a much stronger influence on planning issues at a local level.
“We hope other groups, who share our aims, will also be inspired to join us.”
BANDAG, a group set up to preserve Keighley’s green spaces, is a member of WARD, and so is part of the new group.
A spokesman said: “BANDAG is proud to say it has affiliated to WARD and is on its committee. We, in turn, have aligned with KCAN and CPRE to become part of the regional group. “Ultimately, all will be hubbed to a national network through CPRE. We are coming together to battle against the decimation of our countryside for profit.”