Battle plan to save greenfield sites

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Morley councillors have started a campaign to save a greenfield site from development following a housing planning application.

The site, at Low Moor Farm, off Wide Lane in Morley, is subject to an application for over 200 houses with access off Albert Drive.

Campaign co-ordinator Coun Wyn Kidger, who campaigned to stop a development at Church Fields in East Ardsley, said: “We have started a similar campaign to protect Low Moor Farm and we are adopting the same approach.

“We will be delivering flyers to all residents affected by this housing proposals, encouraging hundreds of objection letters.

“We hope to have the same success here as we did at Church Fields.

The greenfield site is presently used for grazing horses and provides a green corridoor between residents on the Newlands and Rydals estates and Dewsbury Road.

Coun Kidger said: “This is a controversial application not least because the access is off Albert Drive at the end of the Newlands and Rydals housing estates.

“Anyone who knows the estate is aware that there are already too many cars - that’s a further 400 car movements - and it will just gridlock the area. Everyone knows that local schools are already full and health centres overwhelmed.

“As Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for a further 400 plus houses on other greenfield sites across Morley, it is essential residents back our campaign to retain this important Morley greenfield site.”