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Group set to form to fight Rawdon homes idea
A new group to battle plans to develop green land in Aireborough will be officially formed next week.
A pair of MPs have led calls for campaigners to form an action group to protect land at Rawdon Billing, which is listed in the Leeds City Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, as a potential site for developing hundreds of homes.
But after heeding calls about delays from Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew and Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland and a warning from Graham Booth, of Menston Action Group, where permission was granted for up to 300 homes, campaigners will meet next Tuesday to set up their group.
Councillors in the area have also voiced concerns about the land appearing on the assessment.
Interested locals met last week and a constitution and battle plan will be drawn up to get the action group going, when it meets again in Rawdon.
Jennifer Kirkby, from Ward, said the new Rawdon group, which has yet to come up with a name, will have plenty of work to do.
“At a meeting on March 30, Graham Booth told people ‘if you snooze you lose’ when looking at what happened in Menston,” she said.
“They have to get Rawdon Billing off that list.”
According to council documents, there are early proposals to develop more than 200 acres of green land at the Billing.
The Rawdon Trust has offered the land to developers and is currently in negotiations with housebuilders about the land, which falls between Yeadon, Rawdon and Horsforth.
The council has said it cannot remove a site from the assessment, but its presence does not mean it will automatically be allocated for development.