The article on page 16 of today's Eastern Daily Press article omits several important points made by Stephen Heard, Chair of SNUB, which is a shame as, if printed, they might have helped dispel the myth that SNUB is totally against new homes being built in the region.
Below is the text of what was discussed with, and then sent to, the EDP for comparison with the newspaper article (not currently available online) and note the content of the last three paragraphs of this post which did not appear in the final EDP article.
"Stop Norwich Urbanisation (SNUB) the voluntary community group campaigning against the creeping urbanisation of Norwich are appealing for donations to their fighting fund to help them fund the legal challenge against the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) which proposes 37,000 new homes in and around Norwich.
The Chairman of SNUB, Stephen Heard, states, “Any legal challenge is a costly business and although we have taken all necessary precautions to protect our financial position we are facing a David and Goliath situation. It is ironic that the three local authorities have the budgets to employ expensive Barristers using ratepayers money yet local residents have to dig into their own pockets to fund such a challenge as this.”
To date the fund has received significant contributions from a number of local residents and members of the core of SNUB however Mr Heard is looking for the thousands of people who signed SNUB’s petition last year to back the challenge with a small donation. “If everyone of our petitioners was to donate at least £10 each we would achieve a level of funding that would take away the worry of fighting the case and for us to combat the Goliath on a level playing field.”
SNUB has always maintained that there is a need for new housing however they believe that the numbers being proposed are illegitimate. They are therefore seeking the quashing of the current strategy in order for the numbers to be independently verified and for a fully transparent and legal consultation to be completed on all of the various options for providing the new homes over the next 15 years.
“We firmly believe that once the real housing need, as opposed to housing want, is considered and the availability of a increased number of brown field sites, since these high targets were set, along with a realistic appraisal of incoming migration would see an overall reduction in the number of houses needed.
In the meantime there are sufficient approved planning permissions for local development to continue whilst the JCS is re-appraised with no negative impact on the provision of new houses.”