Public meeting over town’s housing plan

Judith Elliott MBE outside Morley Town Hall
Judith Elliott MBE outside Morley Town Hall

A public meeting will be held in opposition to Leeds City Council plans which could mean greenfield land is developed for housing.

Morley Borough Independent councillors have called the meeting at the town hall on Tuesday, October 27, at 7pm to brief residents on the council’s Site Allocations Plan.

It will give people an opportunity to lodge objections against the allocation of greenfield land in Morley and the surrounding area for housing.

Coun Judith Elliott said: “The target from Leeds City Council of 7,200 new housing units across the Greater Morley area can only be achieved by ripping up Morley greenfield sites.

“This means previously developed brownfield sites, which need regenerating, get left behind and the houses we are presently being offered are executive-style four-bedroomed homes – not affordable homes for local residents.”

Speakers opposing the plan include Morley town councillors along with parishcouncillors from Drighlington and Gildersome.

Steve Jones, of Gildersome Parish Council, said “Gildersome is facing proposals on greenfield sites behind Street Lane and Highfield Drive.

“The village is presently struggling to cope with additional traffic, especially that which will be generated by the industrial estate recently granted planning permission on Asquith Avenue.

“Both greenfield sites are enjoyed by Gildersome residents and their loss and subsequent building development will place exceptional strain on roads, local schools and the health centre.”

A previous meeting to discuss the Local Development plan attracted more than 500 people with 75 per cent of all objections to it coming from the Morley area, according to the town councillors.

Public consultationon the plans runs until November 16. A drop-in session held by the council will also go ahead on Saturday, October 17, from 10am-3pm in the Morlean Room of Morley Town Hall.

Site Allocation Plan documents state that the target of 7,200 homes in the Outer South West area are not necessarily new homes. A mix of allocated plans, those for which the planning permission period has expired or are still under construction, count towards the overall target.