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Councillors welcome Dunningley Housing Plan refusal

Councillors have welcomed a decision from the Secretary of State to refuse a planning application for 770 houses on a greenfield site at Dunningley in Tingley.  The decision follows a Public Inquiry earlier in the year when Ogden’s Partnership appealed against the refusal of planning permission of their housing plan.

Councillor Robert Finnigan, Leader of Morley Town Council said “We are delighted the Secretary of State has recognised our concerns and refused this large and unsustainable planning application.  Morley Town Council represented local residents as a Rule 6 Party and attended the Inquiry every day during the four week hearing and I am pleased their concerns have been listened to.”

Councillors Tom Leadley and Jim Aveyard represented Morley Town Council through the whole period of the Inquiry, while Ogden’s Partnership and Leeds City Council were represented by barristers.

Councillor Wyn Kidger, who lives close to the site said “The Secretary of State accepted that the Dunningley site was unsustainable because of the poor public transport links and its isolation from support services, such as schools and health centres.  We have campaigned for many years against unsustainable developments on Morley and Tingley greenfield sites and I am pleased our campaign against the Dunningley housing proposal has been successful.”