Simon Woodbridge, Leader of Broadland District Council, wrote in the EDP about 'tough choices for the whole community'. However, he used his letter to attempt to squirm out of yet another earlier promise - that of 'no infrastructure - no eco-town'. He has already tried to wriggle out of his promise that no development would take place if there was enough local opposition. Now he is using the new government as an excuse do push on and do what BDC has always wanted. This has nothing to do with governments or local communities - it has far more to do with the aspirations of certain councillors!
He obviously has not listened to anything that SNUB has said over the past few years as, if he had, he would know that SNUB is NOT opposed to development or growth in the region. What SNUB does oppose is large scale development which would see the destruction of farmland and woodland and which would deprive villages and hamlets of the development they need to sustain local communities.
SNUB supports the work of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) who have recently joined with partners to promote the building of affordable housing in rural communities to keep villages alive.
The scale of development for proposed 'growth triangle' is far greater than the actual needs of this area and will see many people actually having to move away from their current communities in other parts of the county and also other parts of the country to what will be a huge new town sitting at the edge of Norwich. This would be "hugely detrimental to many families" to quote Mr Woodbridge!