residents in Horsforth do not want any new homes on a controversial field, a planning inquiry heard.
Campaigners 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.
Councillor Dawn Collins (Cons, Horsforth) told the inquiry that the land at Outwood Lane is part of the suburb’s history.
She said: “This small piece of land on Outwood Lane is part of our history. To a developer it may just seem like a field of grass but to us it means much more.
“The developers may believe that they are enhancing this site with their proposals but local people disagree.”
She added: “I seriously believe that future generations will hold us to account if we do keep losing these green gems within our community.
“ The town of Horsforth doesnot want this development.”
Andrew Williamson, representing Redrow, previously told the inquiry that 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 inquiry, which started last week at the Civic Hall, is expected to continue into next week and will feature evidence from planning experts.
The Planning Inspector’s decision will then be published at a later date.