Leeds Green Belt Wanted to Build Eco-friendly Town

By: Karri Madelline

The areas of Micklefield, between Eggborough and Kellington near Selby and Darrington near Pontefract have already been ruled out of the plans for a new eco-friendly town.

The Leeds City Region Partnership spokesperson said that they support the principle for an eco-town in Leeds as Britain is facing both a housing shortage and climate change.

The 72-page document revealed that the chosen area for the scheme is an 800-acre site in south Leeds.

The document that came into the public domain at the end of April 2008 has caused uproar.

Councillor Golton said, ‘These plans would irreversibly change the character of our communities, and the developers should not be complacent about the level of opposition they would face.’

He argues, ‘Eco-town or not, it still amounts to tonnes of tarmac, concrete, bricks and mortar being laid on our green belt, and hundreds more cars on our roads. It would destroy the character of where we live, and the reaction of the residents will reflect this.’

The two private companies, Isle of Man-based Oulton Hall Estates and Yorkshire firm GMI Property Company Ltd propose to triple the size of the village Carlton and double the size of Oulton.

The companies also want to build 9,000 carbon neutral homes, an urban farm, a new three-acre cemetery, allotments and develop the land around Oulton Hall.

In addition to plans are the introduction of six new primary and secondary schools and a new dual carriageway to replace the A642 Leeds-Wakefield Road.

Leeds local councillors have made it very clear that they are not happy about the proposed plans for an eco-friendly town.

The scheme is seen as being hugely over-intensive and not a necessity, especially in today financial climate.

The plan to build 9, 000 houses would also mean the loss of green spaces and green fields.

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