Last week, I was asked to examine a planning issue in my constituency where Grade II agricultural land had been earmarked for the development of 3000 new homes, despite already being zoned as greenbelt; being of archaeological interest and have no services or infrastructure to support such a development.
However, despite already yielding a crop of rapeseed this year, the local council (Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council - RMBC) have repeatedly ignored the protests of residents and marked the land as 'scrub,' when it quite evidently is not.
The residents have even gone as far as to suggest alternative 'brownfield' sites in the area that could not only be developed for housing, but also improve the appearance and attraction of the Dinnington area.
While I understand the need for extra housing in the UK, this development will not consist of social housing - but 3, 4, or 5 bedroom homes aimed at the private market.
This type of project which ignores local concerns and erodes our countryside is not the social housing revolution the UK needs.
The country is crying out for social housing, yet, councils and officials in Westminster continue to be obsessed with building homes that many people - especially first-time buyers - could not afford.
This is yet another case of the wrong housing in the wrong place, and the Government must get a grip, as this is an issue that is going on up and down the country
That is why I support UKIP's policy of prioritising 'brownfield' sites where ever possible, halting the erosion of the British countryside.
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