Village loses estate fight as plans for 252 new homes approved

w3879a049 Parish councillor Keith Wainwright objecting to new housing near St James School Crigglestone.
w3879a049 Parish councillor Keith Wainwright objecting to new housing near St James School Crigglestone.

HUNDREDS of homes will be built next to a primary school despite fierce objections from villagers.

Crigglestone residents have been fighting Taylor Wimpey’s proposal to build next to St James J&I School since plans were submitted in December 2010.

But yesterday Wakefield Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for 252 new homes to be built off Durkar Lane.

Speaking at the meeting Canon Ian Gaskell, who objected to the application, said that only having one access route to the new homes would increase traffic problems.

He said: “Having seen the site, I am worried that there is an accident waiting to 
happen.

“The safety of our children is the most acute issue we face in our societies and 
communities.”

Hundreds of letters of objection from residents and ward councillors were received by the council.

Crigglestone Parish Council said the village could not sustain such a large 
development.

They too said it would make traffic congestion worse.

And parents claimed it will destroy their 
community.

But speaking in favour of the proposal, Paul Bedwell, said: “There are a range of benefits associated with this proposal.

“The site would play an important part in housing 
delivery.

“We are also going to deliver affordable housing and it will also create construction jobs.”

But John Seacombe, a former resident of Durkar Lane, told the committee that traffic and road safety around the school were already a signifcant problem.

He said: “It’s not just a traffic issue but a road safety issue because of parking.

“Who is going to monitor the traffic at peak times?”

The developers will create a new road network and 14 new parking spaces for the school and connecting nursery.

Taylor Wimpey previously told the Express that there was a need for housing and that the public had been consulted over the plans.

Their proposal was deferred by councillors at a meeting last month.

But now after getting the go ahead from councillors, the development of 215 houses, 36 apartments and a bungalow can begin.