A group of residents from Moortown wants to raise enough funds to acquire green space for community use, before it becomes prime land for housing developers.
Residents’ plans include a wild flower meadow, football pitch, allotments, wetlands and 10 eco-homes, which would pay for the project.
An open day is being held on Saturday at Moortown Primary School to announce plans to acquire green space for use by the community, particularly as a play area for youngsters.
Sally McAlinney, of the Limetree Community Trust, said the large piece of land in the heart of Moortown was right next to Moortown Primary, off Shadwell Lane.
She said: “The land has been left disused for 12 years. The land belongs to Yorkshire Bank, now part of Clydesdale Bank, who are prepared to sell it to us, or possibly to a developer for high density housing.
“As a group we are determined to raise the funds needed to keep the land green.”
She said the group of parents and residents were concerned that Moortown Primary, which backs directly on to the field, did not have any grass for children to play on: “Yorkshire Bank have been good enough to allow the children to hold their sports day on the field, but if the community could own the land, they could play on it every day.”
She said plans include a sports pitch, community building, playground, sensory gardens, allotments, nature reserve area and wetlands, and a small number of eco-houses, to help fund the development.
A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Bank said: “Discussions are ongoing in relation to the sale of land at Moortown, therefore it would inappropriate to comment further.”
Ms McAlinney urged anyone concerned to attend the event at Moortown Primary School on Saturday, March 16, from 11am-3pm, so that people can see plans and get involved.
More details are available at: www.limetreecommunitytrust.moonfruit.com