Councillors have expressed their concern after developers were given the go-ahead to submit a planning application to build 90 homes in Otley.
Members of Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel West gave developers Taylor Wimpey the green-light to submit a planning application to build 90 homes on Rumplecroft.
Council officers told the meeting there were difficulties associated with developing the site because it is on a steep slope.
Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley) said: “The site at Rumplecroft in Otley is currently a green field and important wildlife area.
“It is also a prominent site above the town and any development would be a blot on the open countryside of the Wharfe Valley.”
Councillor Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley) added: “The site is steep and badly drained and everyone agrees that the design of the development is appalling.
“In spite of that they have given the green light to advance with this development.
“They seem to have decided to set aside all policy and planning guidelines in a desire to see lots of housing.”