Protesters are stepping up their campaign against proposals which could threaten the future of a riding school for the disabled.

The campaign has now won the backing of TV presenter Christa Ackroyd.

An application for outline permission to build up to 600 homes at the privately-owned Fagley Quarry is likely to be considered by planners over the summer.

But the proposals have generated many objections, especially over the threat to the Throstle Nest riding school, which currently operates on the site.

Miss Ackroyd, who grew up nearby and recently visited the school, said: “Throstle Nest has been part of the community for as long as any of us can remember. The facilities are an incredible asset to the community at no cost to the rate-payers.

“Riding has always been my joy and passion.

“That it would be removed from more than 200 young people is unacceptable. That is should be removed from disabled youngsters and adults who achieve such an important sense of achievement and well being is unthinkable.”

Tomorrow there will be a ‘boundary walk’ around the perimeter of the site involved, to try to highlight concerns about the potential impact of the proposals.

The protest will start at 3pm from the St Luke’s School car park in Fagley Lane.

Campaigners will carry a banner on a route along Harrogate Road, Moorside Road and Fagley Road, before returning to the car park. Some will be on horseback.

Sarah Hamilton, fundraiser and volunteer co-ordinator for the riding school, said: “These facilities are brand new and must be saved for the sake of both disabled and able-bodied riders.

“The nearest Riding for the Disabled Association schools are simply too far away for many of the riders who come here.

“If you could see the sense of pride and achievement on their faces when they ride their favourite pony you would understand why we need to save Throstle Nest.”