Residents aim to fight on to stop homes plans

Angry residents objecting to a proposed development of up to 2,000 homes on the Thorp Arch Estate have now pledged thousands of pounds to fight the campaign.

The proposal for the homes development were submitted to Leeds City Council in June by applicant Rockspring Hannover Property Unit Trust.

Resident Peter Locke, who set up a opposition action group against the plans, said a total of £12,000 has now been given by residents in total to fight the scheme.

Mr Locke said the money raised would go towards legal advice and planning consultants.

He said: “It just goes to show the strength of feeling among people, I think after the public meeting people realised for the first time, the threat that we are under.

“These housing plans are completely unsustainable and against the Government localism bill. It is completely unjustified.”

As well as the homes, the site could also include , a community centre, playing fields, bowling green and tennis court.

A similar proposal from site owners Rockspring to build 1,500 homes on the site was rejected back in 2006, according to the campaigner.

Objections have also been submitted by residents to Leeds City Council’s planning portal against the development. Asked about the application in light of local opposition, Rockspring released a statement.

It said: “The masterplan delivers a viable and sustainable solution for this important brownfield site, while also taking on board comments and issues raised by stakeholders and members of the community.

“It will help to meet the urgent need for new homes in the area.”