‘Battle to save last piece of green belt land in WF1 is won - but battle not over’

Sixty eight new homes have been earmarked to be built on greenbelt land just off Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield, near to Pinderfields hospital. Local residents are starting to protest against the plans.'w317d427
Sixty eight new homes have been earmarked to be built on greenbelt land just off Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield, near to Pinderfields hospital. Local residents are starting to protest against the plans.'w317d427

Campaigners say their fight to stop a new road being built through the ‘last piece of greenbelt land’ close to the city centre may still be on despite the application being rejected.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee rejected the proposals to build the road together with 68 new homes in a field close to Pinderfields and Fieldhead Hospital.

But campaign group Friends of Newton Hill fear developer Miller Homes will now appeal the decision.

Lee Birmingham, from the group, said: “We are very pleased with the council’s decision to refuse the application and short term we are delighted.

“But it’s almost as if we have won the battle but not the war and there is a still a long way to go.”

The road, which was proposed as part of the scheme, would have gone over a public footpath, which runs between the rear of houses on Hatfield View and agricultural land off Ouchthorpe Lane.

The group claimed the development would have cut through the last green belt land close to Wakefield city centre.

Proposals for the development were first discussed by councillors at a planning meeting on July 11.

But the committee deferred its decision to allow time for reasons for refusal to be drawn up by council officers.

Mr Birmingham, 41, added: “The fact that this is the last piece of green belt land in WF1 and it has been saved is something the council should be applauded for its decision.

“Those living around the site and the wider community should be elated about the fact that it’s been preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Councillors refused the application for the road and housing development on the grounds that the road would not preserve the openness of the green belt and constitute inappropriate development within in.

Members also said the road would be significantly detrimental to those who live around the site.