New homes plan in Wrenthorpe to be considered

Residents of Ruskin Avenue fighting against Redrow Homes over plans for 230 new houses off Ruskin Avenue.
Residents of Ruskin Avenue fighting against Redrow Homes over plans for 230 new houses off Ruskin Avenue.
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A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to build 229 homes in Wrenthorpe will go before planners next week.

Public backlash to Redrow Homes’ proposal to build on land off Ruskin Avenue has raged for more than a year.

Hundreds of people have sent letters of objection to Wakefield Council about the development, which they think will create road safety hazards and put children’s lives in danger.

They also think the development will put strain on local schools, disrupt wildlife habitats and cause a flooding risk.

Ed Balls MP has also objected to the application.

Patrick Burns, chairman of the Ruskin and Barnes Avenue Action Group, said: “If these proposals are approved they will have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of people who live here.

“Residents are passionate in their belief that it would be both impractical and inappropriate to build on this land.”

Campaigners delivered a petition carrying 165 signatures to the offices of Yorkshire Water this week to protest against the flooding which occurs regularly in the area.

Mr Burns added: “We are very worried that development of the field will cause more flooding to the Avenue and the surrounding roads.

“We know that natural springs and large volumes of water exist in the shallow mine workings on the field. This water will have to go somewhere when the land is developed.”

Members of the council’s planning and highways committee will vote on whether or not to approve the proposal at County Hall on Thursday.