Church Fields campaigners make their voices heard

Campaigners at the Church Field development site.
Campaigners at the Church Field development site.

Pressure from residents and councillors has led to significant amendments to a planned housing scheme in East Ardsley with the possibility of a new primary school being built.

Concerns were raised over plans to build 370 houses on the Church Fields land in the village with more than 300 people writing to Leeds City Council’s planning department about the impact of the infrastructure and the size of the development.

David Barrett Wilson Homes have now submitted a new plan, including reducing the size of the development from 370 homes to under 299.

In addition, they have set two hectares of land aside to be reserved for use as a school.

The updated plans for will be discussed by councillors in a meeting tomorrow, but a full decision will not be made until later this year.

Coun Lisa Mulherin said:

“It is positive that the developers have responded to some of the concerns local councillors and residents have raised.

“In particular, it is good to see that they have reduced number of houses and accepted the need for a new primary school.

“However, many of us will still question whether this development is required on this land.

“The sheer weight of local opposition to these proposals indicates quite clearly the strength of feeling locally that this valued greenfield site should be protected.

“A full decision is not expected until around June and I urge local residents to continue to making their voices heard about the Church Fields scheme.”

People are being encouraged to attend a rally opposing the application tomorrow morning organised by MARC (Morley Against Reckless Construction).
Coun Wyn Kidger said: “Church Fields will be visited by the Plans Panel this Thursday at 9.20 am. We are encouraging people to meet at the Bradford Road entrance at 9am for a short rally prior to the visit. We have some banners so we can show the strength of opposition to this unnecessary development. We hope local residents will join us.”