Green-minded musicians in Scandinavia have helped to pen a rhythmic plea for Leeds City Council to spare green fields in south Leeds from development.
Keyboard player Carl Bridgman, who lives in Morley, has joined up with his friend and Finland resident Alex Pollock to pen ‘Green Fields of Home’ in a bid to stop the fields around the market town of Morley being used to build housing.
A recording of the original song, co-written by the pair and Carl’s father Gaetano, has been posted on YouTube in a bid to raise awareness of the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF), which could use land in the Morley area to build over 7,000 homes in the next 15 years, and the impact it could have on the greenbelt.
Clerical officer Carl, 39, said: “There are brownfield sites in Morley – I don’t see why there is a need to build on beautiful land. I don’t want to be looking at a concrete jungle.”
The song was inspired by the pair’s love of the countryside and how we can learn from the green outlook in Finland.
Alex, the singer, said: “It’s to create awareness about green areas, not just in Morley but in Yorkshire. Living in Finland myself for the past 18 or 19 years has kindled a great interest in the environment.”
Morley residents packed a meeting with a planning inspector at Leeds Civic Hall last week in a bid to voice concerns about the LDF, which could see around 70,000 more houses built in Leeds by 2028.