Campaigners hand-deliver 6,000 objections against homes plan for Leeds estate

Save Parlington Action Group , from left,  Dawn Beaumont, Neil Beaumont, Adrienne Sykes, Carole Sinclair, Howard Bedford with their 6,000 letters handed in to Leeds City Council Planning Department at The Leonardo Building, Rossington Street, Leeds   mon 27th march 2017
Save Parlington Action Group , from left, Dawn Beaumont, Neil Beaumont, Adrienne Sykes, Carole Sinclair, Howard Bedford with their 6,000 letters handed in to Leeds City Council Planning Department at The Leonardo Building, Rossington Street, Leeds mon 27th march 2017
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A tidal wave of resistance has been launched against plans to build hundreds of homes on a Leeds estate.

The Save Parlington action group are fighting proposals under Leeds City Council’s Site Allocations Plan (SAP), which will form a development blueprint for the next decade once formally adopted in winter.

Campaigners have now delivered more than 6,000 letters of objection against the SAP, after it identified up to 5,000 homes to be built on the Parlington estate, between Aberford and Barwick-in-Elmet.

Adrienne Sykes, chairwoman of the group, said: “We were delighted with the number of objections. It shows that the resistance has grown rather than lessened.

“We feel confident the inspector will not only look at the quality of objections, that prove the plans are unsustainable and unsound, but the number as well which shows the plan is not locally supported.”

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The backlash comes after the homes were previously recommended to be built on a 600-acre plot of land near Headley Hall in Bramham, before those plans were abandoned, leading to changes to the SAP.

The Parlington estate has areas of historical significance, including Iron Age British settlements and the 18th century triumphal arch.

Consultations on the SAP ended on Monday.

It will next be examined by an inspector before a report is prepared and it is officially adopted.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said last week that the council has sought to use brownfield land where reasonable but must ensure future demand for housing is met.

The campaign group has been supported by Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke, and local ward councillors whose constituents may be affected.

Mrs Sykes also said that a portion of objections had come from residents living in Garforth, who are concerned about the proposals’ impact.

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