OUTCOME OF LETTER SENT BY SAVE THE COUNTRYSIDE TO ALL CHELTENHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL WARD COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION 6 MAY 2010

Letters with a questionnaire were sent out to the 64 candidates for the 20 Wards:

Political party No. of Candidates No. of responses
CONSERVATIVES 22 5
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS 22 14
GREEN PARTY 12 6
LABOUR PARTY 6 2
PEOPLE AGAINST BUREAUCRACY 2 1
+ ONE WITH ILLEGIBLE SIGNATURE 1

TOTAL 29 = 45% return

Leckhampton Ward was the only one where ALL the candidates responded.
NO candidates whatsoever responded from these Wards: St Paul’s, St Peter’s, Springbank

CANDIDATES’ RESPONSES TO QUESTIONNAIRE BY CUT-OFF DATE 1ST MAY 2010

Yes No ?
1 Should all empty houses be filled first before new homes are built? [ 27 ] [ 2 ] [ ]
2 Should brownfield land be developed first before any greenfield sites are considered? [ 28 ] [ 1 ] [ ]
3 Should garden land be removed from brownfield classification? [ 23 ] [ 6 ] [ ]
4 Should housebuilding be according to established local NEED? [ 29 ] [ ] [ ]
5 Should affordable homes be given priority? [ 26 ] [ 2 ] [ ? ]
6 Should housing instead be according to Central Government-imposed
targets as in the South West Regional Spatial Strategy (SWRSS) or
the virtually identical ‘Option 1’ figures which preceded it?
[ 1 ] [ 26 ] [ ?2]
7 Should large-scale development be permitted in the Green Belt? [ 1 ] [ 28 ] [ ]
8 Should Cheltenham and other Local Authorities with restricted land
areas surrounded by designations be penalised if they are unable to
prove a five year supply of available housing land?
[ 1 ] [ 28 ] [ ]
9 Should Planning Inspectors continue to be invited to ‘look favourably’
on any unplanned application if the Borough does not have a five
year supply of land?
[ ] [ 28] [ ? ]
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