Campaigners protest over development on Leeds greenbelt

PROTEST: Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance makes its case at the roundabout in Horsforth.
PROTEST: Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance makes its case at the roundabout in Horsforth.
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An action group campaigning to protect swathes of green space launched its cause with a protest at one of the city’s busiest commuter routes.

Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance (YGA), a combined group of like-minded organisations from Leeds City Region and surrounding authorities, donned animal costumes and a fake dead deer at Horsforth roundabout yesterday, (Auguest 21) to warn what is being lost due to “unnecessary” house-building.

The group is raising £10,000 to pay for a specialist planning barrister to represent it over the Leeds City Council Site Allocation Plan (SAP) hearing set to take place in October. Martin Hughes, chair of YGA said: “Pretty much all the time we were there cars were blowing horns and I got the impression they supported us.

“Last night we had raised an extra £1,000 so it definitely worked.”

The crux of the YGA argument at the SAP meetings will be that now the authority has lowered house building targets in its Core Strategy from 70,000 to 55,000, greenbelt land is no longer needed.

Mr Hughes added: “Greenbelt that has been allocated will be no longer needed but the other key point is how can you review the Site Allocation Plan against a Core Strategy that is going to change?”

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