Ombudsman set to examine Menston planning row

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Campaigners are hoping for a reprieve on a council decision which saw more than 300 controversial new homes.

Members of Menston Action Group have spent the last four years campaigning against plans to build more housing in the village.

And now its members say the Local Government Ombudsman could be set to wade into their battle.

They hope the official body will look at the decisions made when Bradford Council planning officials gave the green light for more than 300 new homes on Derry Hill and Bingley Road last year.

The news comes after two new housing developments were recently submitted which could see nearly 150 additional homes built at land near Bingley Road, in Menston.

Dr Steve Ellams from Menston Community Association said the battle was not over for campaigners.

He said: “I am pleased to announce that the local Government Ombudsman is to investigate Bradford Council for planning decisions which our community feel are totally wrong.

“I would like to see the decision made last year overturned.

“At last it looks like someone is starting to listen to us.”

Shipley MP Philip Davies has joined campaigners to fight the latest proposals for 134 homes on land at Bingley Road by developers Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire and 12 homes on Bingley Road by Chartford Development.

He said: “The concern for many of my constituents is that the proposed site is not suitable for such a huge housing development, as the area is prone to flooding.

“Constructing 134 dwellings in a high risk area of flooding would make all these developments at risk, along with the properties downhill from the site.

“As this site has already known water problems, further development to it should not be considered.”

He also claims that the village’s dual Victorian drainage system would not be able to cope with additional volume.

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