Think of the old folks

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I am writing regarding a story in the Spenborough Guardian (May 20) concerning developer Howard Cook’s application to turn green belt land into an eco-village for elderly people.

My question is, what is the point in protecting green belt land when our elderly population is set to soar in the next few decades while people live longer, as we run out of space in which to house them?

What’s the point of having acres of green space when the older generation are deprived of high quality retirement facilities over the next 20 years?

I don’t know Mr Cook or his long-term plans but I do know that when my time on this planet draws to an end, I would prefer to retire to a nice modern facility.

I understand that the green belt campaigners do have a valid point and from the way they have campaigned over recent years, they should be applauded for their hard work.

But at what cost?

I have watched with dismay as our industrial heritage has been left to stagnate as old mills are bought up by developers and left to rot. Some are turned into flats and apartments, but most are just left on the scrap heap.

There is little outcry about that, but when it comes to nature and green belt everyone is up in arms.

I just don’t really see the need. There is lots of green space in the Spen Valley, certainly compared with other urban areas.

Our elderly should be given the chance to live in scenic surroundings and if that means building on green belt then so be it.

CRAIG HARRIS

Whitehall Road

BIRKENSHAW