Meeting held over homes locations

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A consultation over sites in Leeds earmarked for housebuilding is approaching its end.

Residents have until November 16 to offer their opinions on the council’s Site Allocations Plan, which has identified a mixture of brownfield and greenfield sites around the city which could be developed to meet its 70,000 homes target by 2028.

The Leeds Outer South West area, which includes Morley as well as areas including Beeston and Middleton has been designated around a tenth of the homes. greenfield sites including Britannia Road and Low Moor Farm will host around 250 dwellings during the first phase of the scheme, which will run until about 2018.

Brownfield sites set aside for development include the defunct Joseph Priestley College and Tingley Mills.

A public meeting organised by the Morley Borough Independents was held at Morley Town Hall last week to discuss the plans.

Coun Judith Elliott, who spoke out against the plans at the meeting, later called the target “unsustainable and unrealistic”. “It will put pressure on local primary and secondary schools as well as overwhelming local roads and health centres,” she said. “This level of overdevelopment could mean the loss of valuable Morley greenfield sites.”

Labour councillor Neil Dawson, who also attended the meeting, argued that around “98 per cent of greenbelt land” around Morley had been protected by the council’s Core Housing Strategy.

“What we’ve avoided as a result of having a Core Strategy is having 17,000 homes built on greenbelt land in the area, which is what the developers wanted,” he said. “The most contentious developments have been pushed back into phases three and four, which is the right thing to do.”

Sites allocated to phase one

- Albert Drive, 121 homes (greenfield/brownfield)

- Low Moor Farm, Albert Drive, 190 homes (greenfield)

- Joseph Priestley College, 14 homes (brownfield)

- Britannia Road, 58 homes (greenfield)

- Fall Lane, East Ardsley, 25 homes (brownfield)

Phase two (2018 - 2022 approximately):

- Lane Side Farm, 542 homes (greenfield)

- Land to the east of Churwell, 213 homes (greenfield)

- Haigh Wood, Ardsley, 370 homes (greenfield)

Phase three includes 619 homes in Old Thorpe Lane in TIngley and 2013 homes on Gelderd Road.