Controversial Plans Sneaked Out
The Newcastle upon Tyne Community First Party has submitted its response to the council's draft Development and Allocations Plan (DAP).
The DAP is the second part of the development plan for Newcastle, which describes the detailed guidance to support the strategic policies set out in the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan. This is a key document that shapes the future of Newcastle by creating the framework to be used to make planning decisions, area designations and site allocations for specific types of development between now and 2030.
The DAP resurrects the sprectre of the West Road Congestion Plan, it reveals a plan to force households to use the council's garden waste service and confirms plans for potential mining at Dewley Hill an area larger than the entire space allocated to allotments. The council has also taken the opportunity for a massive land grab by specifying that the new standard will be 0.8 hectares of green space per 1,000 population as well as potentially halving the number of allotments in the city by 2030.
Party Leader and spokesman for Denton, Lemington and Westerhope Wards Jason Smith said: "Yet again, Newcastle's Labour elite have sneaked out plans in a 6 week, badly promoted consultation which will make changes that will massively impact on quality of life in our city.
"If the ambition of the plan is realised, we will have a third less green space by 2030 than we have today. Almost all wards in the city have more space than the 0.8 hectares per 1,000 proposed in the draft Development and Allocations Plan. I am demanding that Labour tell residents which of our parks they are secretly planning to hand over to developers."
Jason added: "Given the long term impact of the development framework, we believe that any consultation should have been for at least three months with a clear description in plain English of the impact of proposals. It is clear that few local people were aware of the consultation and even less understanding the implications."