Campaigners save the ‘last piece of green belt land’

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Campaigners are celebrating after plans to build 68 new homes on land just off Ouchthorpe Lane were refused.

Developer Miller Homes wanted to build the new homes and an access road on land close to Pindersfield and Fieldhead Hospital.

The road, which was proposed as part of the scheme, would have cut through a public footpath, which runs between the rear of houses on Hatfield View and agricultural land off Ouchthorpe Lane.

But objectors claimed the development would have ruined the last piece of green belt land in the WF1 postcode area.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee rejected similar proposals submitted by the developer in July last year. And the committee refused the latest proposals at a planning meeting yesterday.

Mark Fudge, of campaign group Friends of Newton Hill, said: “We are delighted that the council have refused the plans and they should be commended for doing so.

“It is the last piece of green belt land in the area and it should be protected and preserved for future generations to come.

“Miller Homes made no significant alterations to their application and we are glad the green belt land has been saved.”

Campaigners held a protest on Ouchthorpe Lane on Tuesday as the councillors visited the site.

More than 20 objectors were holding placards which read “save the greenbelt” and “new junction on brow of hill is crazy”.

Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns and Stanley and Outwood East councillor Matthew Morley were among those who objected to the proposals.