Residents of Crawcrook, Greenside and Ryton have rejected proposals to build hundreds of houses on local greenbelt, according to a survey by local Liberal Democrat Councillors.
Gateshead Council have published proposals for 1,000 houses on countryside around the villages but local Lib Dem Councillors are battling against the building plans. They decided to carry out a survey of residents to test opinion on Gateshead’s plans.
Councillor Noel Rippeth said, “This is a very clear demonstration of public opinion which is massively against these proposals to build on local greenbelt. The character and nature of the villages here is under threat from these plans.
“We are urging Labour councillors to abandon them rather than push ahead with grabbing the greenbelt.”
Councillor Ione Rippeth said, “We know there is a need to build new houses but we should not wreck our countryside to achieve this goal. We should be using up brownfield sites rather than sending the bulldozers into the greenbelt.”
The results of the survey are as follows:
250 survey forms delivered, 107 completed and returned.
Question: Do you agree that 494 houses should be built in Crawcrook's Greenbelt?
Answer: Yes 4, No 103
Question: Do you think 494 houses is too many for the village?
Answer: Yes 97, No 10
300 survey forms delivered, 142 completed and returned.
Question: Do you agree that 505 houses should be built in Ryton's Greenbelt?
Answer: Yes 4, No 138
Question: Do you think that 505 houses is too many for the village?
Answer: 64 replied Yes, No 0