An application to build a housing development on land in Churwell has been refused by planning chiefs.
The application for 14 three and four bedroom houses, access parking for a minimum of 28 cars, gardens, community open space and landscaping on land off Daisy Hill Close was met with fierce objection by local residents and councillors.
But after an initial recommendation to grant permission, the panel refused the application after hearing of the concerns.
Objections made included concerns with the site on highways grounds along with the impact this and other developments would have on local schools and health centres along with the lack of public transport, especially regular bus services, in the area.
Coun Robert Finnigan, who was one local councillor who objected to the plan, said: “The panel overturned the officer’s recommendation to grant planning permission, which leaves them with going back to issue a refusal notice on the grounds confirmed by the panel.
“Interestingly, one of the grounds on which they refused was the lack of primary school places in the area, a point we have been raising as an issue for over a year.
“I would hope this decision will be the first of many on Morley greenfield sites and shows the success of the campaign to prevent over development as the infrastructure, including primary school places, can’t cope.
“It is clear that our ongoing campaign is building momentum and this refusal should fill us all with hope that this ongoing battle is one we are making genuine progress with.”