Protesters on horseback say 'nay' to housing plan

Campaigners on horseback in Bradford today

Campaigners on horseback in Bradford today

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Campaigners on horseback rode into town to protest at a housing plan which could see their riding school made homeless.

Ten riders from Throstle Nest Riding School, Fagley, took to their horses to make the journey to City Hall, where they handed in hundreds of hand-written objections to the plan.

Throstle Nest Riding School is on an area of land near Fagley Quarry, a site which is the subject of an extensive re-development plan.

The Marshall family submitted a planning application for 600 houses and a new "local centre" earlier this month, but the plans have attracted controversy.

The riding school, which rents land from the family, says that it objects to the housing plans, which could leave the school homeless.

Jeanette Wheeler, proprietor of the school, said she had been buoyed by the huge outpouring of support from the public and described the mood among the group as “hopeful”.

The application is a joint project between the family and Bradford Council, which owns an area of the proposed development. The application said the houses were a response to Bradford's “chronic housing shortage.”

Earlier this month, a Marshall family spokesman said the Council had encouraged them to submit a comprehensive redevelopment of the quarry and surrounding land, which historically includes the riding school.

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