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Lib Dems oppose campus development

December 11, 2020 5:15 PM

The Lib Dems are urging Leeds City Council to think again after they gave the development of 152 houses on the Horsforth Campus site provisional planning permission.

A City Council planning committee accepted the principle of development on the site, but did ask the developers to rethink their proposals.

Town Councillor Simon Dowling said: "As Lib Dems we welcome the development of affordable housing to the area, as long as it is not to the detriment of Green Belt land. Sadly, it's clear that this development will impact our Green Belt in a pretty substantial way."

Local roads cannot support the additional traffic from this development. There are already difficulties for cars joining New Road Side at the Newlay Lane, Victoria Mount and Calverley Lane junctions at peak times. This development will only make the congestion worse.

Additionally, our infrastructure is creaking under the weight of the extra houses that have been built recently. It's becoming increasingly difficult for local schools to manage to accommodate all of Horsforth's pupils. The Lib Dems are also worried about the impact on our doctors' surgeries.

A High Court judge has recently ruled that all former green belt sites, of which this is one, should be removed from the Council's Site Allocations Plan. The Council seem to be ignoring this and trying to go ahead with it anyway.

Simon Dowling added: "I'm afraid that this type of development will become more commonplace if the Tory government's proposed new planning laws are passed (see article below). Developments like this one will happen time and time again, often against the wishes of local residents." Simon Dowling at Hosforth Campus