Horsforth could be 'crucified' by homes bid

A LEEDS suburb could be swamped with new houses if plans to build 4,000 extra homes in the town are given the green light.

According to the latest Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, Horsforth has been earmarked for 4,000 new homes.

The YEP understands that the following places could be used for potential housing development sites: North Ives Farm for 383 homes; Ling Bob Farm for 1,914 homes; a field near Fraser Avenue for 45 homes and the area south of Lee Lane West up to Westbrook Lane could have 791 houses built.

A further 53 houses could be built in the Newlay Conservation Area and plans also include the proposed housing development at the Clariant site, on Calverley Lane.

Local councillor Brian Cleasby (Lib Dem, Horsforth) said if the houses were built the character of the town would be completely changed.

"Horsforth is an example of how areas will be crucified," he said.

"If these houses are built it would be something like a 20 per cent increase in Horsforth.

"It will have a devastating effect and totally change the character of the town. It will just become a total urban sprawl."

The sites were chosen by the SHLAA partnership board, which includes representatives of the housing industry, the Property Forum and council officers.

A SHLAA is a technical exercise to assess the amount and nature of land that could be made available for housing development.

All local authorities are expected to produce the assessments by national planning policy and they help to support the growing demand for houses.

Coun Cleasby said: "The whole area will be totally gridlocked. How will we cope?"

A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said: "This assessment is a technical exercise councils are required to carry out to demonstrate what land may be available for housing development and is not therefore, a statement of policy.

"It will not change existing policy and does not mean any of the sites will definitely be built on."

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