South Leeds: Housing plan to face objections

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A campaign has been launched to block plans for a new housing development in Churwell.

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Persimmon Homes has applied to Leeds City Council for permission to build 57 properties on the Pit Hill side of the existing New Churwell Village site.

But Morley Borough Independent councillors are co-ordinating efforts to oppose the proposals, saying roads and local services would not be able to support a development of that size.

In a letter distributed to homes in the area, they urged residents to lodge objections and said: “We can defeat this proposal from Persimmon but we need your help if we are to succeed.”

Coun Janet Harrison told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The spine road (New Village Way) that goes through Churwell New Village is already overcrowded.

“We have had problems with emergency services vehicles being able to get through.”

She added that local schools and health centres would not be able to cope with the extra demand and the new residents would be blighted by noise from the nearby M621.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said the development would meet the need for “quality homes in areas that people want to live”.

He added: “Prior to lodging our planning application, we conducted pre-application discussions with Leeds City Council which considered and agreed the scope of technical work required to address concerns such as road access, air quality and noise.

“If our planning application is successful the scheme will be compliant with the Community Infrastructure Levy which will ensure the necessary provisions towards local infrastructure are met.”

A public meeting is due to take place at Churwell Community Centre at 6.30pm on September 29 to discuss the objections.

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