Anger grows at Spofforth Hill

wet   Visitors at the exhibition of Spofforth Hill housing plans in Wetherby Town Hall.  (130202M1a)
wet Visitors at the exhibition of Spofforth Hill housing plans in Wetherby Town Hall. (130202M1a)

More than 100 objections have now been lodged against proposals to build up to 400 homes in Wetherby’s Spofforth Hill.

Plans to build on 36 acres of land at the top of Spofforth Hill were submitted to Leeds City Council on July 17 by applicant Bellway Homes.

But concern is now growing in Wetherby after a “Say No to Spofforth Hill” campaign group against the homes proposals and Twitter account was launched.

And now more than 100 objections have been registered on Leeds City Council’s planning portal against the homes scheme.

In an email to the News, resident Jim Walton, of Carlton Approach, wrote: “There will be an inevitable impact on infrastructure services such as medical, schools, drainage, roads, and car parking.

“This will be detrimental without the addition of commensurate resources. Wetherby is slowly, but surely being choked.”

Mr Walton also questioned whether the size of the land proposed for development is in line with planning policy and said he believed the Wetherby area was being disproportinately affected by the number of houses being proposed compared to other areas across Leeds.

The development will include a mixture of two to five bedroom homes and will include a children’s play area, village green and two entrances from the main road onto the housing estate.

A Bellway Homes spokesman said earlier this year that the development will be a range of energy efficient homes around a village green.

A decision is likely in November.