Letter - Much work to be done
ON WEDNESDAY I took in Morley Town Council’s written response to the Leeds Local Development Framework Core Strategy, which has been measured carefully against the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published at the end of March.
Our analysis of these almost infinitely dull publications may decide the future of Morley and its neighbours.
Will they remain separate communities set in their own countryside protected as green belt or will they become part of a dreary sprawl stretching for mile after mile after land speculators have filled most of all the gaps with warehouses and housing estates?
We have, I believe, been able to show that the Leeds LDF Core Strategy is unsound as required by regulations.
It could hardly have been otherwise: NPPF, which takes precedence, was published part way though the Leeds consultation.
Leeds’ publication of its core strategy was hurried, there wasn’t enough time for proper scrutiny by councillors and Labour and Conservative councillors refused to go back to take another look so avoidable errors were built in from the start.
Few will have ploughed through the unspeakably heavy ground of the official documents but we have been able to get across a clear message about their meaning.
Morley folk have risen magnificently, it is likely they will have send in over 1,000 written protests, which will be well over half of all the responses received in Leeds.
We are at an early stage. Much work remains to be done before next year’s public inquiry.
Coun Tom Leadley
Morley Borough Independent, Morley North.
Leeds City Council
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