Andrea Jenkyns MP has teamed up with residents and local councillors to call on objectors to the proposal of 179 houses on Pitty Close Farm, Drighlington, to sign her petition asking Leeds City Council not to develop this greenfield land, adjacent to a historic site.
The petition gathered 358 signatures and it has now been delivered to Leeds City Council.
Housebuilder Miller Homes submitted the outline planning application to Leeds City Council but the community, who are already accommodating 42 new homes in the village that were approved back in 2016, are strongly opposed to the development and encouraged the petition to be signed.
Concerns around infrastructure, environment and highways have been raised including flooding worries including concerns around local schools, worries about bus routes said to already be at capacity and, with the potential of 900 additional car movements a day, fears that congestion will get worse.
Andrea Jenkyns MP has met Housing Minister Gavin Barwell in Parliament to raise the issue of unsustainable housing developments in the area and she invited him to visit the constituency, to see first-hand the issues local residents face and why the object to unsuitable proposals.
Ms Jenkyns commented on the Pity Close Farm petition, stating:
“As I have always argued, new homes do need to be built to house our aging and expanding population, however, these homes should not be rushed and should not be built in a way that endangers local services, transport links and greenbelt land.
“Leeds has sufficient Brownfield land and these areas should be prioritised by the council and developers.
“I would like to thanks the 358 residents that joined me in objecting to the unsustainable development at Pitty Close Farm, and I sincerely hope Leeds City Council take these objections into account when making further decisions about the beautiful land. I will be monitoring the situation closely.”
Councillor Robert Finnegan also commented on the petition, stating:
“I am delighted Andrea has taken up this matter with the Planning Minister and is supporting local residents and Morley Borough Independent councillors with the campaign to stop this overdevelopment of Drighlington village. The local roads, schools and health centres cannot accommodate this overwhelming level of development and I am pleased our MP has taken the matter up with both Leeds City Council and nationally with the Government.”