plans to build new homes on one of Horsforth’s oldest roads have been branded “unacceptable”.
Dozens of residents packed into Leeds Civic Hall for the start of a two-week appeal to decide whether new homes will be built on a controversial site that has been at the centre of a planning row over the past decade.
Residents in Horsforth are calling for the land at Outwood Lane, which they claim is in a conservation area, to be protected from development.
They celebrated victory almost 13 years ago when they won their battle to stop developer Redrow building homes on the field.
But Redrow’s latest plans to build 34 homes on the land were thrown out by Leeds City Council planners last year and they are appealing to a Government Planning Inspector to decide on the scheme.
Jonathan Easton, representing Leeds City Council, told the hearing the plans were just a “small ripple” in a bid to provide more houses for the city.
He said: “It is the wrong development in the wrong place.
“The development will fail to preserve of enhance the conservation area.
“The design of the scheme is unacceptable.”
He added: “It is rather difficult to find any significant benefits that would arise out of this proposal.
“We say that in no way do the benefits outweigh serious harm.”
The hearing was told that traffic measures would be implemented along the road but there are fears it would have a “harmful impact” on the conservation area.
Andrew Williamson, representing Redrow, said the scheme would provide affordable housing.
He said it would “make a contribution towards assisting local and district-wide housing needs” and would bring “additional benefits” to the area.
The hearing is expected to last for two weeks and will feature evidence from planning experts, local residents and a local councillor.
The Planning Inspector’s decision will then be published at a later date.
The YEP reported last week that campaigners had issued a last ditch plea to save the site.
They have discovered a postcard dating back to 1908 featuring a photograph of a controversial site at Outwood Lane.