UPDATED: Plan for 54 homes at Pit Hill, Churwell

Pit Hill, Churwell. (d06121101)
Pit Hill, Churwell. (d06121101)

After years of uncertainty a well-used stretch of green land in Churwell could disappear after an application for 54 homes was submitted to Leeds City Council.

Persimmon Homes wrote to homeowners last week, informing them of plans to construct a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses across the site situated off New Village Way.

People have been invited to submit any thoughts or objections to the developers by April 7 as the level of welcome the plans have remains to be seen.

The land is privately owned though its accompanying footpaths are used by dog walkers on a regular basis and the green space is enjoyed by passers by.

In a letter to villagers Matt Burrow, from Persimmon Homes, said: “The proposed mix of housing types and sizes has been selected to suit the character of the local area and also to meet market demand.

“We are now seeking your initial thoughts and comments on the proposals in general and specifically on the design of the enclosed illustrative sketch layout.”

I appreciate we need new houses but I can think of better places for it than there.

Steve Hunter, Churwell Environmental Volunteers

Access to the site, as well as noise levels and a the risk of flooding will be assessed and considered before any housebuilding begins on the site.

Steve Hunter, from Churwell Environmental Volunteers group which observes the footpaths around Pit Hill, said: “Until we get to see the proper plans put forward in detail I can’t really comment on them to be honest. I think it’s the thin end of the wedge as far as housebuilding’s concerned.

“However, a lot of people do come and live in Churwell because of the green space and soon we might not have much of that left.

“I appreciate we need new houses but I can think of better places for it than there. There isn’t really the infrastructure for it. Traffic round Churwell is horrendous at the moment and it will have a negative impact on that as well.”

Campaigners have organised a meeting for people who are concerned about the proposed development on Wednesday April 22 at 7.30pm at the Stanhope Memorial Hall.

Email wyor.consultation@persimmonhomes.co.uk.