Thorp Arch home proposals opposition

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More than 140 residents have now signed up to a campaign to block proposals for a development of up to 1,800 homes on land at Thorp Arch industrial estate.

The campaign, set up by the Thorp Arch Trading Estate Action Group, has now got 140 supporters signed up to its database after it was launched earlier this summer.

Plans for the homes by prospective applicant Rockspring Hannover Property Trust have not yet been submitted to Leeds City Council, but are believed to include up to 1,800 homes, a primary school, village green and “relief” road.

Lead campaigner resident Peter Locke, 66, who has spearheaded the campaign, said: “The support so far has been fantastic, everyone is absolutely furious about this.

“We have given the residents the information, and they have been looking at all these questions such as the accessibility to the site, the traffic, the land itself.

“We have actively encouraged as many residents as possible to get involved in the consultation process so that our views can no longer be ignored.”

Residents have donated more than £6,000 to potential legal fees if a public inquiry goes ahead., Mr Locke said.

The trust - who have created a website about their proposals- said around a third of the houses would be affordable homes on brownfield land.

Mr Locke said he disputed the claim that the land at the site was brownfield.

A similar planning application for a housing development was rejected by Leeds City there Council in 2006.

Fighting the proposals- which were the subject of three public inquiries - cost the local community £50,000, Mr Locke said.

Thorp Arch Estate has been in the ownership of Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust (RHPUT) for the last 18 years.

Leeds City Council is currently drawing up a new Core Strategy - a planning blueprint that will help guide development across the city for the next 15-20 years.

It suggests 5,000 new homes should be provided in the city’s outer north-east sector, which includes Thorp Arch.