Leeds village’s fighting fund to halt new developments

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Villagers have raised thousands of pounds in a bid to prevent hundreds of new homes being built.

Residents in Menston have pulled together more than £61,000 to help fund their battle to stop developers building homes at Derry Hill and Bingley Road.

Campaigners from Menston Action Group are hoping to use the money to fund a judicial review to stop development after a Government planning inspector ruled that the land can’t be given protection as a village green.

They hope to use the fighting fund to help pay for the review to an independent judge, who has the power to quash Bradford Council’s decision to give the green light to the plans.

The group argues that the fields earmarked for development are unsuitable and could leave the village at risk of being flooded.

They have spent thousands of pounds hiring a flood risk assessor to look at the sites and collect evidence.

If the judicial review fails then campaigners are hoping to gain a civil injunction against developers to stop them carrying out work.

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