Angry residents gathered outside Morley Town Hall in protest at plans to build more than 7,000 homes in the area.
More than 150 members of the Morley Against Reckless Construction group joined together on the town hall steps waving “Hands off our green fields” and “Scrap the LDF” placards.
The move comes weeks before a planning inspector is expected to consider whether Leeds City Council’s proposed Local Development Framework (LDF) is realistic.
The framework states 74,000 more homes need to be built in the city by 2028, 7,200 of which would come from wider Morley.
Campaigners say the plans are unrealistic due to a lack of school places and already stretched health facilities, while the area’s green fields are being hit more than others.
Wyn Kidger, MARC treasurer, said: “Through Morley’s St George’s Day event we’ve shown we are the most patriotic town in England. If this is approved we aren’t going to have an identity.”
Three housing developments in the area totalling 283 homes have been approved despite local opposition in recent months.
Councillor Robert Finnigan (Morley Borough Independents, Morley North) said even before the addition of new residents, all of Morley’s schools will be full by 2016.
He said: “It’s ill thought out, if Morley gets 7,200 more new houses all it means is local kids won’t get a place in their local secondary schools or we educate in portable cabins or let class sizes rise and the quality of education fall.”
Coun Shirley Varley (MBI, Morley South) said: “We are doing things the wrong way round. We need infrastructure first.”
MARC plans to address the planning inspector at a hearing on the LDF being held on October 11.