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Pressure pays off as development close to 12th century Adel church is put on hold.

May 4, 2017 10:55 AM

Greg Mulholland has welcomed the decision to put on hold the planned development of 100 homes and a school close to the 12th century St. John the Baptist church in Adel, which was waved through by Labour councillors. Greg had campaigned to stop the development happening and the Secretary of State will now look at whether the decision should be called in for a full review.

Greg has previously slammed Labour councillors, who voted in favour of the controversial plan, despite a strong objection from Historic England. All 7 Labour councillors on the planning panel voted for the development despite very strong concerns about the damage this development would do to the surroundings of the historic building. August 2015, blank

The plans received 128 letters of objection, including three from Historic England and from Greg Mulholland and local ward councillors, whilst no letters of support were received.

Labour run Leeds City Council have been consistently criticised for refusing to revise its housing targets plans for 70,000 new homes in the city, despite fears over the destruction of communities and unsustainability of the extra homes on roads and local services. The planned houses were all set to be in expensive housing areas, on greenfield sites, and would do nothing to address the shortage of affordable and social houses and the housing crisis in other parts of Leeds.

Greg has campaigned on the issue of planning reform and the say that local residents have in the granting of planning permission after fears were raised that plans to build on the Green Belt in Leeds would not only destroy areas of beauty but would put unrealistic pressure on local services.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland said:

"I've campaigned both against this particular decision about the land close to the St. John the Baptist church and against the way that the planning system ignores residents and favours developers. This is a prime example of how an unbalanced system can end up with a really bad decision being made by the Council."

"Hopefully this decision will now get proper scrutiny and what comes forward next will be reasonable suggestions that suit the area and take in to consideration the views of local residents but which also get to the fundamental housing problems we face in Leeds."

"I will continue to campaign for reform of the planning system and a fairer planning system which doesn't allow too much power to rest in the hands of developers."