Bruntcliffe battle not over as residents vow to continue planning fight
BRUNTCLIFFE residents have sworn to continue the battle against plans to build 200 houses off Bruntcliffe Road.
On Thursday the South West Plans Panel granted outline planning permission to Barratt Homes to build 200 houses despite having received nearly 400 letters of objection from the local community.
Local resident and member of the Morley Against Reckless Construction (MARC) Christine Guy, said: “We have lost round one but it is an outline application and the battle is not over and we won’t give up till the bulldozers go on.”
Mrs Guy said she has battled for 30 years to keep the land between the A650 and Scotchman Lane free from development.
She said Thursday’s decision overturns the Unitary Development Plan (a blue print for development across the city) which protected some of the land from development and allocated other parts for employment use rather than for housing.
Dave Paul, the chairman of MARC said: “The Daisy Hill decision was a shock but Bruntcliffe was a bigger one because part of the application falls outside the UDP and surely that cannot be disregarded!”
“The Bruntcliffe application should have been sent straight out the door. I really feel for the people up there, that road is bad now but it is going to be a total nightmare.”
The outline application was recommended for approval by the chief planning officer in a report to councillors.
In it he said it complied with policies set out in the development plan, was sustainable and should be approved subject to a number of conditions.
These include the developer’s agreement to contribute £60,000 for bus stop improvements, an £800,321 contribution to education, a £1,226 contribution per unit for public transport and a provision of 15 per cent affordable housing within two years.
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