Protesters line busy road in Thackley to demonstrate over 270-home development

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Campaigners including MP David Ward (centre) and Councillor Jeanette Sunderland (right) line Leeds Road Idle protesting about the proposed housing Campaigners including MP David Ward (centre) and Councillor Jeanette Sunderland (right) line Leeds Road Idle protesting about the proposed housing

Protesters against plans for a 270-home development on a greenfield site in Thackley used car-shaped bunting to show how vehicles would blight the area.

The proposed Persimmon Homes project for the Cote Farm site saw dozens of furious residents arm themselves with 300 pieces of bunting for an unusual protest on Leeds Road to demonstrate the potential queue of traffic.

Campaigners claim an extra 300 cars will use the development and use Leeds Road as a major gateway off the estate, saying it will increase traffic levels on an already busy road.

The proposal for the greenfield site beside Leeds Road, which is home to 25 horses at a long-established livery yard and a 500-year-old bridlepath, has led to more than 1,000 residents signing a petition against the plans.

Protesters, councillors and an MP united for the demonstration on Saturday to voice their concerns over the problems the plans, still to come before Bradford Council, will cause.

Coun Jeanette Sunderland (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley) said: “This is a good turnout of local people clearly expressing their views about what an additional 300 cars would do to Leeds Road.

“Another 300 cars would bring Leeds Road to a standstill.”

Martin Butters, of Leys Close, Thackley said: “The strength of local opinion on this is unbelievable.

“The development of 270 houses on this field will cause chaos and add to the traffic congestion that already exists along Leeds Road.”

MP David Ward (Lib Dem, Bradford East), said: “This is not housing land and should not be developed for housing. It is meant to be a protected piece of land.”

Previously, Persimmon Homes has said there is a recognised need in the area for the proposed two, three, four and five-bedroom properties.

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2:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

BaildonGuy says...

'Persimmon Homes has said there is a recognised need in the area for the proposed two, three, four and five-bedroom properties'. Yes, for well heeled Leeds commuters. How does this help Bradford when we don't have enough GPs, schools, roads or hospitals to go round. It's about time the Council listened to its citizens and stood up to greedy developers.
'Persimmon Homes has said there is a recognised need in the area for the proposed two, three, four and five-bedroom properties'. Yes, for well heeled Leeds commuters. How does this help Bradford when we don't have enough GPs, schools, roads or hospitals to go round. It's about time the Council listened to its citizens and stood up to greedy developers. BaildonGuy
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4:30pm Mon 2 Jun 14

JessWilson says...

Just a thought, but 270 houses would be upwards of £250,000 in council tax. Everyone likes to share the cost of taxes? Personally I'd rather New houses in existing cities on otherwise private unaccessable land, than rural green, otherwise unoccupied parts of the surrounding countryside.
Just a thought, but 270 houses would be upwards of £250,000 in council tax. Everyone likes to share the cost of taxes? Personally I'd rather New houses in existing cities on otherwise private unaccessable land, than rural green, otherwise unoccupied parts of the surrounding countryside. JessWilson
  • Score: 5

7:05am Tue 3 Jun 14

linebacker2 says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
'Persimmon Homes has said there is a recognised need in the area for the proposed two, three, four and five-bedroom properties'. Yes, for well heeled Leeds commuters. How does this help Bradford when we don't have enough GPs, schools, roads or hospitals to go round. It's about time the Council listened to its citizens and stood up to greedy developers.
People who buy these houses will become Bradford tax payers and voters - their place of work is irrelevant.
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: 'Persimmon Homes has said there is a recognised need in the area for the proposed two, three, four and five-bedroom properties'. Yes, for well heeled Leeds commuters. How does this help Bradford when we don't have enough GPs, schools, roads or hospitals to go round. It's about time the Council listened to its citizens and stood up to greedy developers.[/p][/quote]People who buy these houses will become Bradford tax payers and voters - their place of work is irrelevant. linebacker2
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11:35am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

The issue is schools in the area, the land itself is a pretty unremarkable, verging on scruffy.

Last time I walked the dog on it, the entrance to one of the fields was piled high with bags of dog poo. I bet a lot of that was from the protesters.

However, the local schools need to be brought up to the correct size before any further development occurs in the area.

As an aside, the smaller development across the road is pretty much inhabited by people who have remained in the area, but have move up on the housing ladder, so their kids are already in the local schools, so it's wrong to assume every buyer of these houses will be requiring school places for their kids.

As for traffic, I wonder how many of the protesters drive their j=kids to school, or to the local shops, rather than walk, so contributing to the local traffic unnecessarily?
The issue is schools in the area, the land itself is a pretty unremarkable, verging on scruffy. Last time I walked the dog on it, the entrance to one of the fields was piled high with bags of dog poo. I bet a lot of that was from the protesters. However, the local schools need to be brought up to the correct size before any further development occurs in the area. As an aside, the smaller development across the road is pretty much inhabited by people who have remained in the area, but have move up on the housing ladder, so their kids are already in the local schools, so it's wrong to assume every buyer of these houses will be requiring school places for their kids. As for traffic, I wonder how many of the protesters drive their j=kids to school, or to the local shops, rather than walk, so contributing to the local traffic unnecessarily? Bone_idle18
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11:39am Tue 3 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

“Another 300 cars would bring Leeds Road to a standstill.”

Rubbish! IT only gets bad in a morning because of the school crossing up town lane. Otherwise it's pretty free flowing.

Even if there are 300 cars, will they all decide to leave at exactly the same time?

This is a non argument - maybe the protesters could cut down of their own car use (I see a lot of school runs from Cote Farm and back) rather than contribute to the "problem"?
“Another 300 cars would bring Leeds Road to a standstill.” Rubbish! IT only gets bad in a morning because of the school crossing up town lane. Otherwise it's pretty free flowing. Even if there are 300 cars, will they all decide to leave at exactly the same time? This is a non argument - maybe the protesters could cut down of their own car use (I see a lot of school runs from Cote Farm and back) rather than contribute to the "problem"? Bone_idle18
  • Score: -2

12:28pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Thackleygirl says...

I suggest you get some of your facts correct first of all - Bone_idle18...
I suggest you get some of your facts correct first of all - Bone_idle18... Thackleygirl
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