A rally will be held in Morley next weekend in protest at a council U-turn, which has led to controversial housing plans being given the green light – just weeks after the same panel turned them down.
Morley Against Reckless Construction (MARC) campaigners were celebrating after news that the application to build 14 three and four bedroom houses on green fields off Daisy Hill Close in Churwell was refused in August.
But just weeks later, planning officers brought the plans back to Leeds City Council’s South and West Panel citing “additional information” that they said meant there were “insufficient grounds” to refuse planning permission.
The panel deferred and delegated the plans for officers to then rubber stamp but campaigners fear it will put further strain on the area’s increasingly crowded schools, bus services and public facilities.
Coun Wyn Kidger, treasurer at MARC, said: “Everybody is up in arms about it.
“We just can’t believe that they have done a complete u-turn and passed it.
“They are just wanting all of our green fields and we’re going to end up where there will be no villages and this will be one big amalgamation of houses.”
The development will also include access for at least 28 cars, gardens and a community open space.
A meeting is to be held at Churwell Community Centre (Stanhope Hall) in Elland Road this Friday from 4pm-6pm.
Coun Kidger said: “We are also holding a protest rally outside Morley Town Hall on Saturday September 28 at 11am.
“We are wanting as many people as possible to turn up on the day and show how ridiculous these plans really are.”