‘Don’t carve up our precious fields’

Coun Robert Finnigan
Coun Robert Finnigan

Greenfield land in the district could be carved up if plans to build dozens of new homes go ahead.

Objectors to proposals from applicant Miller Homes Limited to build more than 40 homes on mostly Greenfield land off King Street, Drighlington, say precious fields surrounding the village “make it a special place to live”.

And in Morley, outline plans for access have been submitted to Leeds City Council by developer Barratt Homes, for a future development of 115 homes on Greenfield land at Scott Lane, off Bruntcliffe Road.

The plans were considered by the council’s South and West Plans Panel last month and both were approved in principal.

Coun Robert Finnigan said: “We need more jobs not more executive-style houses and without new homes we already have children who live here that can’t find places at schools.

“That shows there is a lack of thought and planning because they should build a new school first and put the infrastructure in place. It is loading up an already overloaded infrastructure. That’s why we object to the constant building, especially on our Greenfield sites.”

A total of 345 objections were submitted to the council about the Drighlington application, which applied for full planning permission to demolish the existing buildings at Moorside Buidling Supplies and build 42 new homes.

A report to the plans panel meeting revealed that objectors said the green fields around the village make it a “special place to live”, and they asked that existing Brownfield sites be explored for development before Greenfield.

Drighltington Parish Council and Drighlington Conservation Group also objected to the plans.

In Morley, the land where more than 100 homes could be built is earmarked for development under the Leeds Development Framework (LDF).

But, Coun Neil Dawson expressed concerns to the council that the site was only earmarked for an employment site, rather than residential homes,

Morley Town Council objected to the Scott Lane application.

Coun Tom Leadley said: “It ’s supposed to be an employment site, but the plans panel overruled that for houses. “It’s always the case that you can make more money out of building houses than you can from offices.”