Updated 16th September 2017 here: https://www.andreajenkyns.co.uk/news/andrea-celebrates-newton-hill-camp…
Andrea has teamed up with residents to collect and deliver Wakefield planners 154 objections to the proposals off Second Avenue which will see the last hill of Newton Hill being flattened.
The proposed eight two-bedroom homes, 49 three-bed and 27 properties with four or more bedrooms have angered residents.
Neighbouring residents feel that the proposal damages the character of Newton Hill and see traffic congestion as a key issue, with just one entrance to the site pencilled in from Second Avenue. Exiting traffic for these 84 dwellings would then have to head along First Avenue to access Leeds Road, the only main road out of the area.
Heavy good vehicles and the landfill needed to flatten the site to build the new homes and roads will bring chaos to the quiet residential streets, campaigners argue.
Andrea has visited the site to listen to residents’ concerns and see first-hand how the proposal has the potential to deeply affect the lives of her constituents.
She said: “As I have said time and time again, while new houses do need to be built, developments must not cause misery to local communities. In and around our constituency plenty of brownfield sites exist which would not harm our greenbelt, local services or the quality of life of residents. With these objections I trust that Wakefield Council will listen to its residents and ensure that their lives are not forever affected as a result of these plans.
Local resident Lee Birmingham said: "Having Andrea and our 3 local ward councillors supporting residents means a lot. We are working very hard to ensure our case is heard and just by visiting the site, anyone can see that to remove the "Hill" from Newton Hill in itself doesn't feel right, let alone use an entrance-exit that is totally unsuitable. We appreciate that there is a need for more housing, but we have to question, at what cost?"
Meanwhile further developments in Newton Hill have been proposed, furthering residents’ anger. A three storey apartment block has been proposed on 104 Leeds Road and residents have expressed their dismay at the proposed building which is not in line with the area’s character and would again bring more congestion to the area. Andrea also added her objections to this development along with those of residents.
Resident’s objection have been submitted to Wakefield Council but if any resident wishes to add their name please email Andrea on firstname.lastname@example.org.