Bruntcliffe housing site plans cause concern

Scott Lane in Morley where the proposed new housing estate will be. (D511E432)
Scott Lane in Morley where the proposed new housing estate will be. (D511E432)

Residents on a Morley estate have reacted angrily to proposals that could see 115 homes and an office block built on Scott Lane.

The proposals would see building by housing developers Barratt Homes on the green field site on the street, which runs off Bruntcliffe Road on the A650.

A public exhibition of the plans by Barratt’s at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Thursday saw several homeowners in the area voice their concerns about the issues they believe the development would create.

Graham Barnes, 58, who lives on Parkland Avenue near the proposed site, said: “Until they can promise the employment and facilities for the extra people that will live in the area the homes are useless.

“They haven’t thought it through. It just seems that Morley is the dumping ground for Leeds City Council.”

Christine Guy, of the Morley Against Reckless Construction group, said that she believed local residents were resigned to the prospect of development on the site, but hoped to set up a formal meeting with Barratt’s to find a compromise. The Observer & Advertiser was unable to obtain a comment from Barratt’s, but they have previously insisted that the estate will provide much needed housing and will reduce the pressure on green belt sites around Morley being developed in future. A final decision on the site will be made in the autumn and if approved building on the site could begin as early as next year.