RESIDENTS have reacted with “dismay” at plans to build 95 new homes on a green field site in Clayton.

Barratt Homes is set to submit a proposal to Bradford Council to build the properties on a patch of land, which it states has been safeguarded for future development, off Westminster Avenue.

Around 150 people attended a consultation event outlining the details of the scheme at Clayton Village Hall, where the developer said it received some positive feedback.

A spokesman for Barratt Homes said: “The proposal application is for circa 95 homes, which includes a mixture of three and four-bedroom terraces, and smaller three and four-bedroom detached units targeting the family market.

“If agreed, our proposal will help meet the district’s housing requirement and help towards easing Bradford’s five-year housing land supply.

“A formal pre-application has been held with the Council and around 150 people attended a public consultation event where our team of professionals were on hand to answer queries in relation to any areas of concern.

“Also in attendance were a number of people in support of the application, citing the need for good-quality, affordable family housing locally.”

In attendance at the consultation was Christopher Kaushal-Bolland, who said residents were planning to mount protests against the scheme.

“The general feeling is one of dismay,” he said.

“Clayton still has a village infrastructure and a development of 95 homes in that location is completely inappropriate.

“There are families who have lived here for generations who are struggling to get their children into local schools, and this will not help.

“We recognise people have to live somewhere, but the site and scale of this development is wrong.”

Ward councillor Michelle Swallow (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green) said while she wanted to send a message that Bradford was open to developers, the location of the new estate was a cause for concern.

“I genuinely believe this is the wrong site,” she said.

“People who live there are definitely not happy. The traffic on the avenue is already unbelievable on a morning as it is.

“Barratt were given a lot of feedback on infrastructure issues, so hopefully they will listen and take it on board.”