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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Tynedale: Labour lashes out at Tory hypocrites

OPPOSITION by Tynedale Tories to the housing growth plans put forward by Northumberland County Council has been described as “opportunistic and hypocritical” by Labour activists.

For the local Conservatives are flying in the face of the wishes of their own Government, according to council leader Coun. Grant Davey.

He pointed out that Coalition Government ministers like Chancellor George Osborne, planning minister Nick Boles and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson had all called for local councils to create the conditions for economic growth and to see green belt space as not being preserved in aspic.

Yet local Tories, led by Hexham’s MP Guy Opperman and Tory group leader on the county council Coun. Peter Jackson, had roundly condemned the Labour administration’s plans to go along with Government policy.

Labour says its plans will create the conditions for economic growth, provide thousands of affordable homes to tackle the county’s housing waiting list and protect 96 per cent of the county’s green belt.

The plan will also protect 91 per cent of existing green belt land for at least 20 years and create an additional five per cent new green belt land.

Labour says the figures show Northumberland’s Tories are out of step with their own Government and residents were entitled to ask what Northumberland’s Tories really stood for.

A Labour group spokesman said: “We’re determined to make sure we keep our promise to build over 2,000 affordable homes across the county.

“Northumberland Conservatives’ decision to say no to economic growth, no to affordable housing and no to protecting huge tracts of green belt for the next 20 years means they’re at odds with their own Government.

“They have left themselves open to charges that they’re ‘playing politics’ with people’s homes and economic growth.”

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