South Leeds: Campaigners call for new school to be created

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Campaigners are fighting for a new primary school built in Morley following proposals to create hundreds of new homes.

They claim the developments, which could see nearly 600 homes built in the town, will place strain on primary school places and councillors are calling for a new school to be built to meet the demands.

Councillor Robert Finnigan, leader of the Morley Borough Independent Group, said school places would be needed to accommodate more than 100 children, after four sites - Daisy Hill, Owlers Farm, Bruntcliffe Road and Low Moor Farm - were earmarked for the development. The sites are all at various stages in the development process.

Coun Finnigan said: “The present level of development on greenfield sites across Morley is putting a real strain on primary school places. The only way of coping with this is to build a new primary school.”

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, said: “We are absolutely committed to creating good quality learning places for all children in areas across Leeds, including Morley.”