Hundreds in fight to stop 550 homes

Coun RobertFinnigan, Coun Lew Beever, Alan Paul, Claire Paul, Janice Beever and Coun Wyn Kidger are campaigning against the plans.
Coun RobertFinnigan, Coun Lew Beever, Alan Paul, Claire Paul, Janice Beever and Coun Wyn Kidger are campaigning against the plans.
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Campaigners are stepping up their fight against plans for hundreds of homes to be built in Churwell.

Applicant Persimmon Homes and Priestgate Morley Limited submitted outline plans to redevelop farmland off Victoria Road into up to 550 houses last month.

And last Tuesday, around 200 objectors packed in to Morley Town Hall to discuss the plans.

The meeting was organised by the town’s Morley Borough Independent party and backed by Leeds City Council ward councillors.

Objectors say that health services and schools in the area will struggle to cope with demand if the plans are given the go-ahead.

Coun Wyn Kidger, who attended the meeting, said: “The feeling of everyone at the meeting was that we are on a knife-point now.

“That road is already busy, so imagine what it is going to be like when they build another 500 houses.”

The 24-hectare Lane Side Farm site, located off Churwell Hill, is currently listed as greenfield.

Coun Tom Leadley briefed residents on the plans during the meeting.

Coun Kidger added: “There’s no infrastructure to build another school for the extra children, or a doctors.

“We are going to have no green fields left.

The plans were lodged on May 10 and will be discussed by Leeds City Council’s South and West Plans Panel.

Morley MP Andrea Jenkyns has backed the campaigners.

A planning statement, submitted by Barton Willmore on behalf of the applicants, said: “It is clear that the development would not lead to harm that would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the significant benefits that the scheme would bring.”

A decision on the proposals is expected to be made by August 18.