PLANNING officers have recommended that plans for a housing development on Greenbelt land in Apperley Bridge be refused.

Plans by AL Properties to build nine houses on the former farmland off Apperley Lane were submitted and withdrawn earlier this year.

And tomorrow morning a resubmitted plan will go before Bradford Council's Bradford Area Planning Panel.

A report into the application says 38 people have objected to the plans, and nine have written in support of them.

Supporters say the land will be fly tipped if not built on, with one saying: "The choice is between travellers and homes."

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Officers have recommended the plans be refused, saying the houses would "constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt."

Councillors will also be told that the plans will harm the landscape, and entrance and exit from the site would be "substandard access on to an extremely busy district distributor road."

On claims the choice is between "travellers and homes" officers say: "This stated choice cited by one supporter of the scheme, is in essence a false dichotomy, since there are other options, such as leaving the site as it is."

The panel meets in City Hall at 10am today.