Campaigners from across the Morley area have united to try and save the district’s Greenfield sites.
A new umbrella campaign group has been set up, with members from East Ardsley, across the Greater Morley area and Gildersome.
The group’s creation follows recent news that out of 1,260 representations made on the council’s new Local Development Framework (LDF), 907 were objections from the Morley area - over 70 percent of the total.
A public meeting held last week voted to bring together several smaller neighbourhood campaigns and say a collective ‘no’ to green field housing.
The new organisation will battle proposals in Leeds City Council’s LDF for over 7,200 housing units for the area. It will also fight local housing applications on Greenfield sites.
Coun Robert Finnigan, who called the meeting said: “Different groups, such as those campaigning against housing applications for Greenfield sites on Bruntcliffe Road and Daisy Hill as well as campaigners against the McDonalds proposal at Tingley, have worked together to support each other’s campaigns. Only by working together can we defeat these applications for development which will rip up large areas of Morley’s Greenfield sites.
“The rest of Leeds may be sleep walking into an overdevelopment nightmare but Morley isn’t. The formation of this group will bring together communities who can articulate their concerns when the LDF goes to a Planning Inspector for public examination.”
Coun Shirley Varley added: “It is clear that Morley is the only area campaigning hard against these housing proposals.
“The arguments are quite clear. The infrastructure - such as local roads, schools and health centres - is creaking and cannot take this overwhelming level of development. Our Greenfield sites are one of the major reasons that the quality of life in Morley is a good one and we need to campaign hard with communities to protect them from overdevelopment.”
Once published, the LDF will see named areas of land considered for housing development. The plan will then be considered by a Planning Inspector and could be adopted next year.
The group’s first committee meeting is on Monday, July 9 at 7pm at Morley Town Hall.