‘No plans’ to build on East Ardsley fields, councillors vow
COUNCILLORS reassured East Ardsley residents last week that Leeds City Council had no plans to build on privately owned green fields in the village.
Ardsley and Robin Hood councillors organised the meeting following rumours that Church Fields was earmarked for development.
Along with council officers, they explained to more than 70 members of the public, that although it is not green belt, there are no plans for its development.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin said: “We share local residents’ concerns about the need to ensure that new housing developments do not take place where road networks, schools and other amenities are inadequate to support them.
“We have consistently and fiercely defended the greenbelt around Ardsley and Robin Hood against development and will continue to do so.”
Council officers also explained the process currently underway to develop a “core strategy” framework which will determine how housing, road networks, school and other infrastructure will be planned across the Leeds District over the next 15 years.
The Labour-controlled council is pushing to put a core strategy in place, saying without it, it will be increasingly difficult to defend green belt sites from speculative planning applications by developers. Morley Borough Independent and Green councillors however are alarmed that the core strategy includes provision to build 70,000 homes in Leeds over the next 15 years.
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