Greenbelt battle for Leeds homes

Stuart Andrew MP
Stuart Andrew MP
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The “onslaught” of greenbelt building by Leeds City Council must be stopped, MPs have warned.

A call for a rethink over some 70,000 new homes planned for the next 16 years has gone before the House of commons amid concerns the target is based on outdated figures.

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew said the “onslaught” of new housing planned by Leeds, including the “staggering” 70 000 houses target was based on a now defunct regional strategy using population figures from 2008.

“Shockingly,” he added “the majority of the Pudsey developments are on greenbelt land.”

He said: “There are masses of brownfield sites that could be regenerated, with the chance to create a new garden city in effect, but pleas to go down this route have fallen on deaf ears.

“This is not being a Nimby, it is about sustainable development.”

He was backed by Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke, who said the council had set out “to destroy the constituency” and shown scant disregard for opposition views.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods at Leeds, said: “The debate in the House of Commons was more about an election that is 92 days away, rather than addressing seriously the housing crisis in Leeds.

“The population figures have been found to be sound by a government appointed inspector. The current site allocation proposals designate 3.7 per cent of the existing greenbelt in Pudsey constituency wards for housing.”