Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans: Greenbelt is under siege

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has urged ministers to offer firms cash incentives to build in Blackburn, Pendle, and Burnley instead of on green fields in his constituency.

The Tory backbencher won a promise his proposal to exempt housing developments and renovation in urban areas from 20 per cent VAT would be taken to Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Evans used the summer adjournment debate in the House of Commons to make his plea for action to protect rural areas from house building.

He said: “I live and represent an area in the Ribble Valley that is under siege from developers.”

Mr Evans gave Commons deputy leader Tom Brake a list of towns and village facing the threat of being swamped by new houses, including: Clitheroe, 1,040 more; Waddow, 275; Langho, 900; Chipping, 50; Sabden, 200; Barrow, 200 and Longridge, 1,700 new homes.

Mr Evans called for measures to give residents and councillors views more weight when government inspectors consider appeals by developers against refusal of planning permission.

The MP said: “We need to look at other areas, such as around Ribble Valley – Pendle, Burnley and Blackburn – where money could be spent on regeneration, which is far better than building on greenfield sites.

“We should look at charging no VAT on regeneration of housing stock to bring it back into use. We need more protection for areas that are struggling. There should be no presumption in favour of building.”

Commons deputy leader Tom Brake said: “You said it was important to consider the issue of VAT on housing renovation. That is an idea which, although not government policy, I have some sympathy with.”

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12:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

flagstone says...

Too bloody late now Evans !!!! , not long until election time eh pal .
You should of been bloody fighting this years back with all the building in Clitheroe Barrow Whalley and Billington !!!!!! too little to late to save your neck now.
Too bloody late now Evans !!!! , not long until election time eh pal . You should of been bloody fighting this years back with all the building in Clitheroe Barrow Whalley and Billington !!!!!! too little to late to save your neck now. flagstone
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12:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...
And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken... rudis_dad
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1:08pm Thu 24 Jul 14

rowlanda says...

And where was Mr Evans when the planning laws were being changed by his good friend Mr Pickles. Thousands of people warned that this situation would arise but were ignored. And what did we hear from our local MP. Precisely nothing! But now there's an election in the offing and Mr Evans needs to improve his damaged profile. Please stop trying to con the voters of the Ribble Valley that you care, they know better.
And where was Mr Evans when the planning laws were being changed by his good friend Mr Pickles. Thousands of people warned that this situation would arise but were ignored. And what did we hear from our local MP. Precisely nothing! But now there's an election in the offing and Mr Evans needs to improve his damaged profile. Please stop trying to con the voters of the Ribble Valley that you care, they know better. rowlanda
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1:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

shytalk says...

I for one have seen enough of Tory corruption and my vote will now go to UKIP.
As others have said Evans should of done something about this a long time ago. if he was genuine about what he says. The problem is no one believes him now even. if what he says is true, which given the fact that when you look at whose land these developments are taking place on you will quickly find the land is owned by people who contribute enormous amounts of money to the Tory party. It therefore really makes what Evans says seem pretty hollow.
I for one have seen enough of Tory corruption and my vote will now go to UKIP. As others have said Evans should of done something about this a long time ago. if he was genuine about what he says. The problem is no one believes him now even. if what he says is true, which given the fact that when you look at whose land these developments are taking place on you will quickly find the land is owned by people who contribute enormous amounts of money to the Tory party. It therefore really makes what Evans says seem pretty hollow. shytalk
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1:29pm Thu 24 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

rudis_dad wrote:
And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...
Surely the point is that tax incentives should be used to encourage prioritising development and regeneration of brownfield sites, wherever they may be, including the Ribble Valley.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...[/p][/quote]Surely the point is that tax incentives should be used to encourage prioritising development and regeneration of brownfield sites, wherever they may be, including the Ribble Valley. greenscreener
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2:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Interocitor says...

This really is hypocrisy of the highest order. It's also a classic example of an MP going against his/her very own party policy when it's way too late and there's an election in the offing. No wonder our political class is held in such contempt by the electorate.
This really is hypocrisy of the highest order. It's also a classic example of an MP going against his/her very own party policy when it's way too late and there's an election in the offing. No wonder our political class is held in such contempt by the electorate. Interocitor
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

greenscreener wrote:
rudis_dad wrote:
And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...
Surely the point is that tax incentives should be used to encourage prioritising development and regeneration of brownfield sites, wherever they may be, including the Ribble Valley.
It doesn't come across like that though does it? It sounds more like, "we don't want you building in the Ribble Valley beause you'll frighten the horses - go and build on the peasants in Burnley and Blackburn". He is right that developers should be looking at redeveloping exisiting property and brown-field sites first, but he's also managed to make it sound like Ribble Valley is god's own country and the rest of the area doesn't matter.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...[/p][/quote]Surely the point is that tax incentives should be used to encourage prioritising development and regeneration of brownfield sites, wherever they may be, including the Ribble Valley.[/p][/quote]It doesn't come across like that though does it? It sounds more like, "we don't want you building in the Ribble Valley beause you'll frighten the horses - go and build on the peasants in Burnley and Blackburn". He is right that developers should be looking at redeveloping exisiting property and brown-field sites first, but he's also managed to make it sound like Ribble Valley is god's own country and the rest of the area doesn't matter. rudis_dad
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4:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

rudis_dad wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
rudis_dad wrote:
And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...
Surely the point is that tax incentives should be used to encourage prioritising development and regeneration of brownfield sites, wherever they may be, including the Ribble Valley.
It doesn't come across like that though does it? It sounds more like, "we don't want you building in the Ribble Valley beause you'll frighten the horses - go and build on the peasants in Burnley and Blackburn". He is right that developers should be looking at redeveloping exisiting property and brown-field sites first, but he's also managed to make it sound like Ribble Valley is god's own country and the rest of the area doesn't matter.
True, a reasonable argument diminished by an arrogant choice of words.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: And I suppose there's no greenbelt land within the bounds of Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn, eh? The Lord High NIMBY has spoken...[/p][/quote]Surely the point is that tax incentives should be used to encourage prioritising development and regeneration of brownfield sites, wherever they may be, including the Ribble Valley.[/p][/quote]It doesn't come across like that though does it? It sounds more like, "we don't want you building in the Ribble Valley beause you'll frighten the horses - go and build on the peasants in Burnley and Blackburn". He is right that developers should be looking at redeveloping exisiting property and brown-field sites first, but he's also managed to make it sound like Ribble Valley is god's own country and the rest of the area doesn't matter.[/p][/quote]True, a reasonable argument diminished by an arrogant choice of words. greenscreener
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5:44pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

A typical Nigel Evans' ploy who has supported every policy of his party through thick and thin including relxing the planning laws to help the developers - the Tories' friends.
A typical Nigel Evans' ploy who has supported every policy of his party through thick and thin including relxing the planning laws to help the developers - the Tories' friends. Noiticer
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8:13am Fri 25 Jul 14

PlasticD says...

Go sling your hook Nigel, while the Ribble Valley was under siege and locals were fighting your Tory developer friends, you were too busy getting **** and chasing young men around Westminster. You've done sod all to support your constituents and now that your job is on the line, you are pretending to be on our side. You have been a truly shameful MP.
Go sling your hook Nigel, while the Ribble Valley was under siege and locals were fighting your Tory developer friends, you were too busy getting **** and chasing young men around Westminster. You've done sod all to support your constituents and now that your job is on the line, you are pretending to be on our side. You have been a truly shameful MP. PlasticD
  • Score: 1

8:27am Fri 25 Jul 14

PlasticD says...

Looking at the figures he has given, he doesn't even know the numbers either. Barrow has grown from 305 houses in 2010 to now over 1250 approved applications. Eric 'I won't let bulldozers destroy middle England' Pickles approved applications totaling 690 in the village, all on greenfield sites. The planning inspectorate cleared approval for another 120 houses on land designated for office use and our glorious planning department have approved over 100 new builds too, with more in the pipeline. It's all about greed and feeding the Tory party trough. I too will be voting UKIP.
Looking at the figures he has given, he doesn't even know the numbers either. Barrow has grown from 305 houses in 2010 to now over 1250 approved applications. Eric 'I won't let bulldozers destroy middle England' Pickles approved applications totaling 690 in the village, all on greenfield sites. The planning inspectorate cleared approval for another 120 houses on land designated for office use and our glorious planning department have approved over 100 new builds too, with more in the pipeline. It's all about greed and feeding the Tory party trough. I too will be voting UKIP. PlasticD
  • Score: -1

2:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

The old faithfull says...

This fellow is a real disgrace of a mp and brings shame on the good people of the Ribble Valley, I am amazed that local Tory Party have not sacked this man by now. Evans, this far to late to be saying all this to save your seat at the next election at which , I too will be voting UKIP.
This fellow is a real disgrace of a mp and brings shame on the good people of the Ribble Valley, I am amazed that local Tory Party have not sacked this man by now. Evans, this far to late to be saying all this to save your seat at the next election at which , I too will be voting UKIP. The old faithfull
  • Score: -1

12:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

zabby says...

More immigrants =more houses?
More immigrants =more houses? zabby
  • Score: 1

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