About Us

“Planning legislation,  is currently heavily weighted in favour of developers, and against local residents who know what is best suited to their own localities.  We seek to use the powers of the Localism Bill and the National Planning Policy Framework to redress the balance for the benefit of all.”

Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development (WARD) is a spatial planning community network .  It has been set up to facilitate the expression of common concerns and interests with spatial planning, amongst the many community organisations, residents associations, parish and town councils in the Dales of the Mid-Aire and Lower-Wharfe.

The benefit WARD brings, is to unite people in voice and joint action across constituency and ward boundaries.  This is needed to effect real legislative change and empower local people in neighbourhood planning, sustainable development and building community assets.  Members of Parliament and Councillors can only act for their own voters,  WARD  facilitates joint discussion and action by all our local representatives: this gives local people a bigger voice, and greater power. WARD is non-political and supported by the following constituency MP’s

Pictured top left to bottom right –
Stuart Andrew –  Pudsey
Philip Davies –  Shipley
Kris Hopkins – Keighley
Greg Mulholland - Leeds North West
Julian Smith – Skipton & Ripon
MP’s at a WARD Networking Meeting

WARD’s ultimate aim is to preserve the natural beauty and heritage of our part of Yorkshire for current and future generations; and to protect the local communities, urban and rural, from harmful development.

The need for WARD has arisen from the detrimental, cumulative, impact of piecemeal, excessive residential developments on transport, the environment and social infrastructure; the substantial change in the pattern and location of employment; and the imperative to revitalise communities and community assets in a hard-pressed national economy.

Much of this situation has been exacerbated by a complex planning system that favours developers over local residents – developers, who, it has to be said, would often rather build on profitable green belt rather than more difficult brownfield sites, in a ubiquitous style that is frequently insensitive to local architecture and surroundings.

The Localism Bill 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework 2012, both aim to put more power to shape the places they live back in the hands of local communities.  WARD’s objectives and services aim to help communities make sense of these changes, and to facilitate the collaboration of residents, local MP’s and Councillors in their successful implementation.  If we do not, then we foresee a never ending parade of Appeals, and unhappy people of one kind or another.

WARD is affiliated to the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)