770 homes plan for green space due to be protected

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Nearly 800 houses could be built on green space which is due to be safeguarded from development by Leeds City Council.

The Sir Robert Ogden Partnership is proposing to build a housing estate with up to 770 homes and a convenience shop at the former Tingley Station off Dunningley Lane.

Coun Jack Dunn.

Coun Jack Dunn.

But the land is designated as ‘safeguarded’ under a draft Site Allocations Plan by the council, due to be submitted to the Secretary of State next summer.

And councillors fear the housing proposal could mean the land is developed before it is protected.

Coun Jack Dunn, for Ardsley and Robin Hood, said: “This new planning application seeks to take away what is left of our proposed protected land under the site allocation plan.

“I hope the community will once again show objection to this latest attempt of the destroying of our green area of Tingley.”

Nearby resident Lesley Griffin also raised concerns about the loss of green space.

She said: “The land is an absolute haven for wildlife.

“There’s deer, foxes and hedgehogs.

“Where will they go?

“Plus, how is the infrastructure, the schools, the medical facilities and the roads, going to cope with all the new developments going on in the area?”

The Site Allocations Plan identifies which areas across the district will be allocated for housing, employment, retail and green space, until 2028.

Under the proposals, Tingley Station would be safeguarded from development to protect the green space in the immediate future and reserve it for potential long term development.

Coun Dunn said councillors would object to the housing estate plan, adding: “This is not the place for such a large development.”

Planning documents submitted to the council by ID Planning, on behalf of The Sir Robert Ogden Partnership, indicate the homes would be a mixture of two, three, four and five bed detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.

The development, which would be accessed from new junctions off the A653 Dewsbury Road and Thorpe Lane, would also include open spaces and a village green, a children’s play area and a shop.

Planning documents state the development aims to create “a well-designed new “village community” which will complement the existing character of the surrounding area, a new place for sustainable family living which is set within a well-planned green infrastructure network and which will encourage pedestrian and cycle movement and healthy lifestyles and a range of high quality homes, including affordable housing, which will widen the choice of homes in the South Leeds area”.

ID Planning were contacted for a comment.