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Councillors gear up for Dunningley Public Inquiry

Morley councillors are geared up for a Public Inquiry which commences this Tuesday (28th November) at Leeds Civic Hall, where a Planning Inspector will examine a controversial application for 770 houses at a site at Dunningley in Tingley.  The proposal, from the Robert Ogden Partnership, looks to overturn a refusal decision made by Leeds City Council to reject the plan for the new homes.

Councillor Robert Finnigan said “Morley Town Council are a Rule 6 party at this Public Inquiry.  This means that the Town Council have the opportunity to cross examine the developer and Highways England, who have responsibility for the motorway network.”

Local councillors have already raise concerns regarding the sustainability of the proposal in respect of its impact on local schools, roads and health centres.

Councillor Wyn Kidger, a Tingley resident, who will be attending the Inquiry said “We believe 770 new homes at this location will overwhelm the local community.  Local primary and secondary schools are already full and local health centres across the area are stretched coping with the present demand.  The problems of the A653 Dewsbury Road and the congestion levels at junction 28 of the M62, along with its accident black spot record are well known.  We are urging local residents to attend the Inquiry and have their say to persuade the Planning Inspector to refuse this application.”

The Inquiry is scheduled to last for five days, with a decision expected in the New Year.