Residents say ‘rhubarb’ to Leeds housing plans

Residents on Dunningley Lane Tingley, fear for there countryside as hundreds of houses are to be built on the land.
Residents on Dunningley Lane Tingley, fear for there countryside as hundreds of houses are to be built on the land.
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Angry residents living near countryside in south Leeds say they fear hundreds of houses could be built on historic rhubarb triangle land, at Tingley.

Anxious Sarah Chilvers, mum of two, said her idyllic life could be shattered if homes were built on the countryside overlooked by the farmhouse where she has lived for seven years.

Mrs Chilvers, who is married to Stephen, said: “We are stunned by this news. We look out over countryside fields and cannot imagine houses being here, it will ruin the area and the view. It is a small country lane so we are not sure about how all these people can access the land.

“The schools are already full up and it is just unthinkable.”

Landowners are understood to have sold off the rhubarb fields to the Sir Robert Ogden Partnership which is due to submit plans for the brownbelt land, off Dunningley Lane.

The earmarked countryside is beside the M62, along Thorpe Lane, and backs onto the A653 Dewsbury Road, behind Sissons Wood at Middleton.

Residents received a letter from ID planning in Leeds, representing the Sir Robert Ogden Partnership, notifying them of a public consultation being held on Monday.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Leeds City Council next month.

Mrs Chilvers and her neighbours Lesley and Brian Griffin said their lives would be ruined by the plans.

Councillor Jack Dunn (Lab, Robin Hood and Ardsley) said: “I have responded to the company after notification of the public consultation.

“My view is that this land should not be released for development it forms a green lung for that area and a large development of what is proposed would not have sustainability.”

The acres of fields have been used for decades to grow rhubarb and form part of Yorkshire historic ‘rhubarb triangle’.

A public consultation event is to be held on Monday June 16 from 4pm to 7.30pm at the Woodkirk Valley Country Club, Leeds Road.

The YEP contacted ID Planning, on behalf of the Sir Robert Ogden partnership, but no comment had been made at the time of going to press.

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