Anger at 400+ homes for Thorner / Scholes

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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build more than 400 houses on land between the borders of Scholes and Thorner has been given the go-ahead this week.

The development, which was originally submitted around 18 months ago, went through on appeal yesterday by the Secretary of State.

The decision comes after a public inquiry held earlier this year in which residents of both villages protested against the proposals.

Scholes resident and former parish councillor George Hall told the Wetherby News: “I am very disappointed with this decision and I am unhappy that greater weight wasn’t given to the fact that this is green field land here, I think the people of Scholes, and the whole community, will feel very let down by this decision.”

Mr Hall told the initial enquiry that the land in question is protected against development ‘for all time’ as a result of an Act of Parliament passed more than half a century ago

The plans are now available to view by visiting www.leeds.gov.uk and clicking on planning, where comments can also be made. The application reference number is 09/03238/OT.