Council backs 70,000 homes plan

Gelderd Road in Gildersome is one site earmarked for development.
Gelderd Road in Gildersome is one site earmarked for development.
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Controversial plans that will see 6,000 new homes built in Morley have been endorsed by Leeds City Council.

The proposals, which form part of an overall strategy to build 70,000 houses across Leeds over the next 14 years are expected to be given their final seal of approval in November after a favourable verdict by a planning inspector who examined them.

The city council said the homes will help the area cope with the demands of a growing population.

But a number of Morley councillors have expressed concern over the pressure they believe the development will exert on greenfield sites and public services in the town.

Coun Bob Gettings of Morley Borough Independents said: “This is bad news for Morley and its surrounding villages of Churwell, Gildersome, Drighlington, East Ardsley and Tingley.

“It will bring an average of over 500 new homes each and every year for the next 14 years.

“Local schools, roads and health centres cannot possibly take this level of overdevelopment.”

Around 70 per cent of objections to the city’s Local Development Framework Plan came from residents in Morley.

In his final report, the planning inspector described Morley as “A small town with its own town centre, railway station, and easy access to the motorway network and is rightly defined as a major settlement.”