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MP lodges further objections to Moseley Wood planning applications

August 4, 2014 4:37 PM

Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has lodged an objection to a second planning application to build houses on a green field site near to Moseley Wood Gardens in Cookridge.

Mr Mulholland objected the original proposal to build 200 houses in October 2013, but following a second application by the developers, Taylor Wimpey, Greg has again written to the Chief Planning Officer at Leeds City Council to object to the proposal.

Greg has voiced his objection to the development under the grounds that local infrastructure is not developed enough to support the increase in population the new houses would bring, with local residents concerned over strain on medical services and school places.

There is also real concern of increased flooding of the Moseley Wood Beck if the new development were to drain into the Beck, which could then have a serious impact on the train line which runs through the area.

Greg has supported the Cookridge Residents Action Group (CRAG) saying the site should not be allocated for housing at all due to the risk of flooding.

CRAG, which was originally formed in 1962 to oppose similar development, have long campaigned against any development and last year released a song titled 'Soggy Bottom Calypso' to raise awareness of their campaign.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland, said,

"I am extremely concerned by the proposed development of this green field site in Cookridge that is why I have lodged a further objection to the second application.

"It is unacceptable that the developers have submitted a second application before a decision has been made on their original application.

"Local infrastructures including school and medical services will not be able to cope with the increase in population this development will bring, and there is a serious concern of increased flooding.

"Local residents have voiced their concerns and opposition to the applications, and I urge residents who have not done so already to lodge their objections."