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MP welcomes rejection of Moseley Wood planning applications

November 20, 2014 3:42 PM

Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has welcomed the decision by Leeds Plans Panel to reject the application to build houses on a green field site near to Moseley Wood Gardens in Cookridge.

Mr Mulholland joined hundreds of local residents, and the Cookridge Residents Action Group (CRAG) in objecting to the original proposal to build 200 houses in October 2013, and the second application by the developers, Taylor Wimpey, in August 2014.

Greg voiced his objection to the development on the grounds that local infrastructure is insufficient to support the increase in population the new houses would bring, with local residents concerned over strain on medical services and school places.

A report to planners said that outline planning permission should be refused as it would cause harm "to the amenity of the neighbouring residents on Moseley Wood Rise". The report also highlighted the problem of accessing the site.

Their decision is a relief to the local community due to 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 railway 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.

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Colin Campbell who sits on the plans panel put forward an amendment to add an extra condition which would have said that the site is not sustainable for housing developments, due to it being too far away from local services. This was rejected following a vote.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland, said,

"I am delighted the application for the proposed development of this green field site in Cookridge has been rejected.

"Local infrastructures including school and medical services would not have been able to cope with the increase in population that the proposed development would have brought, and there was also serious concern of increased flooding.

"Cookridge Residents Action Group and local residents have worked extremely hard to ensure that their concerns and opposition to the application were listened too."