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Councillors attend Public Inquiry

Morley Town councillors are attending a Public Inquiry considering a controversial housing application for over 770 new homes on a greenfield site at Dunningley in Tingley.  The Inquiry, which will make a representation to the Secretary of State covering planning on whether to reject or accept the plan, is schedule to last six days.

Town Councillors Judith Elliott, Wyn Kidger and Robert Finnigan spoke directly at the Inquiry to oppose the housing plan.  Representatives also attended from the MP’s office and confirmed Andrea Jenkyns opposition to the proposal.

Councillor Robert Finnigan said “We are attending each and every day of the Public Inquiry as we believe this level of overdevelopment in Tingley will have a negative impact on local schools, health centres and roads.  We will have a Town Council representative attending every minute of the Inquiry.  We have raised concerns with regards highways safety, congestion, pollution levels and the fact that local schools and health centres can barely cope with the demand on them from residents presently living in the area.  An additional 770 homes, likely to be over 1,100 in the longer term on this site, will overwhelm local communities. “