‘Victory for common sense’ over East Ardsley planning site

Campaigners against the proposed Church Fields housing development in East Ardsley
Campaigners against the proposed Church Fields housing development in East Ardsley

Campaigners fighting to save a greenfield site in East Ardsley from a development of 299 houses have welcomed a recommendation to refuse the proposal.

Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel raised significant concerns about the proposed development on Church Fields in the village at a site meeting on Thursday.

The recommendation for refusal is not likely to be confirmed until June unless the application is withdrawn by house builders Barratts and David Wilson Homes.

Coun Tom Leadley, who sits on the Panel, said: “They were very clear in their view that the application on the site is unacceptable.
“We have recommended that officers come back with a refusal decision. Alternatively the developers can voluntarily withdraw the application if they chose to do so.”

Coun Jack Dunn said: “ I am pleased that the application has not been supported. It was absolutely the right decision. “The amount of objection from all quarters has been realised by the on site protest meetings and reflects the fact that local communities do have power .”

Campaign coordinator Wyn Kidger said: “I am delighted we have got this recommendation. But the campaign is not yet over as we need to make sure we continue to oppose the development at this site and confirm a final refusal decision.

Coun Lisa Mulherin said: “I am glad that the panel have made their feelings quite clear.

“A proposed development of this size and scale would threaten local identity and overwhelm the village.

“This is a victory for common sense. The panel have listened to concerns. The sheer weight of local opposition to these proposals indicates quite clearly the strength of feeling locally that this valued greenfield site should be protected.