More than 100 people from communities across the Morley area attended a meeting with a planning inspector to discuss their concerns about the proposals to build more than 7,000 new homes.
Leeds City Council’s core strategy examination meeting was called after Morley residents made up over 70 per cent of all objections to the Local Development Framework (LDF).
Morley is the only area which has been offered its own session with the planning inspector, who is examining the plan to see if it is sound.
Coun Tom Leadley led the session confirming that there were great doubts about population projections and the capacity to deliver 74,000 new houses across the Leeds City Council area over the next 14 years.
Coun Robert Finnigan, who attended the meeting, said “It’s clear that all of Morley secondary schools are full from 2014 and primary schools full from 2016. There is no realistic or credible plan to deliver the extra school places the LDF will generate.”
Supporters of Morley Against Reckless Construction were also at the meeting, including Conservative Party candidate Andrea Jenkyns.
Coun Shirley Varley said: “Morley is full and we will resist the over-development of our communities.”
Planning officers confirmed that the Morley session was the best attended of all sessions throughout Leeds. The planning inspector also confirmed he would be visiting Morley to look into the issues raised before a final decision was reached.
A final report on the LDF is expected towards the end of the year.