‘We don’t need more new homes’ fight against 700 homes estate in Normanton steps up

Residents in Normanton who have started a petition against plans to build more than 700 homes on land behind their houses known as Ashfields
Residents in Normanton who have started a petition against plans to build more than 700 homes on land behind their houses known as Ashfields
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Families fear too many new homes are going to be built as part of major plans to redevelop the town.

Developer Taylor Wimpey is currently putting together a proposal to build more than 700 houses on fields between the back of Normanton Common Primary School, Falmouth Avenue and the M62.

The land has already been earmarked for housing by Wakefield Council and adds to the number of smaller housing estates already being built across the district.

People living on Falmouth Avenue, whose homes back onto the proposed Ashfields development, have started a petition against the imminent proposal, after finding out about it at meetings earlier this year,

Pinderfields Hospital nurse Alison Green, of Falmouth Avenue, said: “We don’t want it.

“Nobody wants them and we were told there would be another meeting and we would be kept informed, but we haven’t heard anything.

“We have a lot of concerns. We haven’t got the resources to cope with all these extra houses and extra people.

“We are not getting any extra schools or doctors’ surgeries.

“There is a beck which runs through the fields and we feel if they build on it, there will be problems with flooding.”

The extra homes, plus a new link road, were approved in principle as part of the council’s Normanton Delivery Plan last month.

The aim is to improve the quality of life in the town and also includes improvements to the town centre and railway station.

But a more detailed planning application will still need to be approved before any homes can be built.

Taylor Wimpey originally said that would happen this autumn, but is now aiming for early next year to consider “the best way to approach the development for all parties”.

Normanton Common Primary School headteacher Glyn Bishop has already said he would need four extra classrooms, a bigger hall and extensions to cope with demand from more homes and wants more fields to make that possible.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “The Ashfields development in Normanton is part of a wider adopted housing allocation, which includes much-needed affordable and private housing, along with highway improvements and public open spaces.

“Another full public consultation exercise will take place prior to the submission of any planning application and the opportunity to receive comments at this early stage will ensure the more detailed proposals reflect local aspirations.”