Campaigners hold public meeting to mark year of Thackley housing battle

CAMPAIGN: Cote Farm Action Group protester Isobel Burgess

CAMPAIGN: Cote Farm Action Group protester Isobel Burgess

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CAMPAIGNERS against a proposed 270-home development on fields in Thackley, Bradford, are to mark a year of protest with a drop-in information session for concerned residents.

Persimmon Homes has lodged an application to build at Cote Farm above Leeds Road which has been opposed by the Cote Farm Action Group, supported by ward councillor and Liberal Democrat group leader Jeanette Sunderland.

They claim it will strip away valuable green space from the increasingly urban area and cause massive impact on already overloaded roads and schools.

And the group is inviting interested people in the area to visit Thackley Methodist Church from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday to get the latest news on the situation and review efforts so far.

Lead campaigner Isobel Burgess said there were ever changing aspects to the proposal for the new estate.

"We go on to Bradford council's planning website on a daily basis and last week it was noticed Persimmon had slightly increased an area of green space within the development - but there was still no change to the number of proposed homes," Miss Burgess said.

"We will be setting up boards with details of all the drawings, plans and photos on display together with reports of our activity over the past year.

"This will be very useful for a lot of people who do not have access to the internet as they will be able to see all the things that are on the council's website and a lot more."

Recent activity at the site has seen survey drilling by contractors to determine the nature of the ground below the surface.

Miss Burgess said a date for when Bradford Council planners will consider the proposal had yet to be announced.

"One thing is we want to raise awareness and remind people that there is still time to object to this plan," she said.

"And also to get the message across that when this is debated by Bradford councillors it will be a public meeting and so everyone has the right to attend."

Wayne Gradwell, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “We value the opinions of the local community and prior to the submission of our application we carried out a full consultation process that gave local people the opportunity to voice their opinions and have any queries answered.

Feedback and suggestions were taken into consideration at that time and we remain in discussions with Bradford Council on the planning application.”

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