Homes plan halted again

Residents protesting against housing development off Moxon Street, Outwood
Residents protesting against housing development off Moxon Street, Outwood

CAMPAIGNERS have won another battle against housing developers wanting to build on land in Outwood.

New plans to demolish a bungalow and garage to build eight three-storey houses on land off Moxon Street were backed by Wakefield Council officers.

But councillors on the planning and highways committee voted against the Strategic Homes development at County Hall yesterday.

More than 100 people had sent letters objections to the council, claiming the development was too large, would cause traffic hazards and would obstruct their view.

Peter Townend, 70, of Moxon Street, said: “People living here see the sunrise in the morning all-year round and that will be taken away from them.

“The last application for 27 bedrooms was rejected for being too large. Now they’re saying fewer houses, but they will be bigger with 30 bedrooms, so that is still overdevelopment.”

Coun Clive Hudson, speaking on behalf of residents, said people would welcome development on the site if it were not so big.

He said: “People certainly want garages removed which have been a problem for years.

“But increased traffic will put pedestrians at risk.”

Developers have been trying to build on the site, called The Orchard, for about seven years.