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Aireborough housing plans are ‘foolhardy’
10:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Local news
Plans to build more homes in an area which has two of the most congested roads in Leeds have been slammed as ‘foolhardy’.
Otley and Yeadon councillor Sandy Lay stressed the need to resist large-scale development in the area.
Coun Lay spoke out as campaigners called for Leeds City Council to cut its housing targets for the next 15 years from 70,000 to 35,000.
This week a public hearing was resumed in Leeds into the city’s core strategy for up to 2028.
Coun Lay said he hoped the government inspector would see the problems the area faced.
He said: “Getting about in this part of the City is already a problem due to the poor road network. The council’s own research provides evidence that the A660 and the A65 are already the two most congested roads in Leeds during the evening rush hour, to compound this would seem foolhardy and at odds with the councils commitment to be the ‘Best City to Live’. Of course, we hope the inspector sees this and does something about it.”
He added: “We are already seeing large housing developers snapping up green fields and spaces in preparation of a further mass explosion of housing in outer North West Leeds but without the infrastructure of more schools, roads, leisure facilities etc to support such an explosion we should continue to resist such large-scale development.”
Campaigners are warning that Aireborough is facing disaster unless housing targets for Leeds are cut.
Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew has told the hearing his constituency had suffered more than any other in the city from over-development which had caused a huge strain on its infrastructure.
The council says the focus of the strategy is to provide a way in which Leeds can continue to develop and grow as a major UK city.
It has stressed the need to use brownfield sites and for an acceptance that all parts of the city take their share of new housing.
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