Green land in a Leeds town could be protected from potential development.
The green space between the Old Mill Beck and Leeds and Harrogate Railway line has been designated as part of Horsforth’s Neighbourhood Area Plan.
The land, which should be protected from the wrecking ball, was placed in the plan following a successful application by Horsforth Town Council.
Local MP Stuart Andrew said that by putting the land in the Horsforth boundary it would help to give it greater protection.
The MP, who represents Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, said: “I am delighted that the land has been included within the Horsforth boundary and is protected.
“Far too much of our green belt and green field land is under threat from development and whilst I shall continue to fight to save our land, I am pleased that, in this instance, this space, along with its wildlife, will be safe for future generations to enjoy.”
Local councillor Dawn Collins said that residents in the town need to keep fighting to protect green fields from development.
Coun Collins (Cons, Horsforth) said: “We need to keep fighting to keep all of our green fields, whether in green belt or not.
“There are plenty of brown field sites in Leeds that the developers already have permission to develop.”
And she warned that even small pockets of green land are important for the local community.
Coun Collins added: “Even the small pockets of green land are important.
“They are a place where local people can enjoy fresh air and leisure activities, even if it is just walking the dog.
“Horsforth and Rawdon are beautiful places to live and we need to do our very best to keep them this way.”
The YEP recently reported that residents in Horsforth have united after plans were unveiled to build nearly 6,000 homes in north west Leeds.
They claim that extra development in the town would push it to breaking point because the area’s infrastructure would be unable to cope.
Their fears come as Leeds City Council have earmarked potential housing sites across the city to cope with a shortage of homes.