‘So sad- one of our last green fields could go’

Benton fields off Wakefield Road, Horbury.
Benton fields off Wakefield Road, Horbury.

Controversial plans to build new houses on one of the last green fields in Horbury will be discussed by council planners next week.

Wakefield Council’s planning committee will decide whether to give the go-ahead for land off Benton Hill to be developed into 21 two-storey houses.

A report to the meeting recommends that the application is approved, despite 14 letters voicing objections over road safety, traffic congestion, air quality, loss of privacy and drainage.

The report said the design would complement the character of the area.

But Coun Janet Homes, who is among the objectors, said: “It’s one of the last green fields in Horbury.

“I used to love to seeing horses and animals in the field and now that will all be gone soon.

“We are all terribly disappointed, its just so sad for the area and the residents.

“The schools are full already in the area.

“It will put massive pressure on them, as well as on the doctors surgeries.”

The development, led by Harron Homes, will include a mixture of two, three and five bedroom detached, semi-detached and terraced houses as well as six affordable properties.

Plans for 24 homes were initially drawn up last August, but they were reduced to 21 homes on the advice of council planning officers.

The report said: “Following further consultation with local residents and ward members the applicant has made changes to the layout in order to better protect the privacy and amenity of neighbouring residents.

“Furthermore amendments have been made to position dwellings further away from protected trees.”

The report said the development, which includes a new road for householders, would not compromise safety for pedestrians or road users.

But Coun Holmes said: “The traffic congestion on Benton Hill is already bad, and more cars in the area will only make it worse.”

The Council planning committee will meet on October 2.