Controversial 250 homes plan to start in Crigglestone

Residents protesting against a proposal for nearly 300 homes to be built in Durkar
Residents protesting against a proposal for nearly 300 homes to be built in Durkar

A controversial housing estate which villagers spent years fighting against will start to be built within the next few months.

Taylor Wimpey will build 250 homes on Durkar Lane, in Crigglestone, despite protests from councillors and residents.

The development, a mix of three-bedroom houses and flats, will be built right next to Crigglestone St James Primary Academy.

And Wakefield Council has received hundreds of letters from people claiming it would make traffic congestion worse and destroy their community.

Keith Wainwright, a parish councillor and vice chairman of governors at the school, said people were still worried about the impact of the development.

He said: “Traffic on Durkar Lane is becoming unbearable as it is, and this will not help at all. A major issue is the safety of school children, because all it takes is for a single child to run out into the road.

“The parish council and school governors are still not happy, but we have told Taylor Wimpey of our concerns and we can only hope that they will listen.”

But Taylor Wimpey said the development would create new jobs and include a school drop-off and turning facility, and some public open space.

Regional sales and marketing director Anne Bagshaw said: “This new batch of homes will provide some much-needed affordable housing.

“A considerable number of jobs will also be created during the build process and we will be working with the council to provide investment in the area as a whole as well.”

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

But it was approved by a planning committee in September last year.