Objections soar against 500 homes plan in Churwell

Residents and councillors are furious at the proposal.

Residents and councillors are furious at the proposal.

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Objections against plans to build hundreds of homes in Churwell have soared.

Objections against plans to build hundreds of homes in Churwell have soared.

Applicant Persimmon Homes and Priestgate Morley Limited submitted outline plans in May to redevelop greenfield land off Victoria Road to build up to 550 houses.

And now more than 1,000 objections have been lodged by campaigners, who fear services and highways in the area will struggle to cope with new demand.

The soar in objections 
follows a meeting in June when around 200 objectors packed in to Morley Town Hall to discuss the plans.

Coun Robert Finnigan, who is leading the campaign, said: “I am delighted at the number of objections that have been lodged.

“A thousand objections show the strength of opposition to this proposal from the local community and how they want to protect an important local Greenfield asset.”

Leeds City Councillors and Morley Town Councillors had distributed flyers and objection letters to residents across Churwell about they application.

Morley MP Andrea Jenkyns has backed the campaign.

The plans are expected to be considered by the council’s South and West Plans Panel this month.

Coun Finnigan added: “We are grateful for the support we have received from residents. We are objecting because 550 houses on this site will overwhelm Churwell Hill with traffic - worsening congestion that already exists.

“It will also mean local schools and health centres will be unable to cope with the demand for their services.

“This Greenfield site is one of the few remaining sections of a green belt which separates Churwell from Morley and we will continue to campaign to save it from over-development.”

A planning statement, submitted by Barton Willmore on behalf of the applicants, said: “It is clear that the development would not lead to harm that would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the significant benefits that the scheme would bring.”