Stuart Andrew MP joins local residents in welcoming decision on Kirklees Knoll

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, has today welcomed the recent decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, and the Planning Inspector to reject an appeal by developers hoping to build on Kirklees Knoll.

The campaign to save the site from development has been ongoing for a number of years now and from the beginning Stuart has been supporting local Conservative Councillors and residents with their efforts.  He took time away from Parliament to speak at many of the hearings, lending his support to the excellent case put forward by residents.  Planning is a subject that has been close to Stuart’s heart for a number of years now, long since he became an MP, which is why he was also only too pleased to raise this issue in Parliament.

However, whilst the decision on Kirklees Knoll is positive, Stuart has warned that many sites across the constituency are still in danger if Leeds City Council maintains its ludicrously high housing target.

Stuart Andrew MP said: “I would first like to pay tribute to the huge number of residents, particularly the members of the Farsley Residents Action Group, who have been tirelessly campaigning against the development.  I am sure they will all join me in celebrating the decision and it is fantastic to see that all of their hard work has now paid off.  The decision by the Secretary of State and the Planning Inspector is a real victory for localism and it is pleasing to see that the Government is listening to the views of local people.

Whilst this is a great victory, the danger still remains that because Leeds City Council have adopted such a ludicrously high housing target, we could see huge swathes of Green Belt land throughout our constituency designated for development.  This is a reckless decision and shows a complete lack of understanding as to just how important these Green Belt areas are to our communities.

However, I have been and will continue to do all I can to ensure that this does not happen and would encourage all concerned residents to also make representations to the Council.  The decision on Kirklees Knoll shows just how much we can achieve when we work together and I hope that we can now use this momentum to save more of our constituency from inappropriate development.”

A copy of the full report can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recovered-appeal-bagley-lanecalverley-lane-farsley-leeds-west-yorkshire-ref-2200640-10-march-2015