Controversial 183 homes plan expected to be approved

Safety concerns over plans for 183 homes on Cobblers Lane, Pontefract. The entrance to the site would be near Cobblers Lane Primary School and Holy Family School. People are worried about the safety of the children. Coun Clive Tennant and Coun Pat Garbutt

Safety concerns over plans for 183 homes on Cobblers Lane, Pontefract. The entrance to the site would be near Cobblers Lane Primary School and Holy Family School. People are worried about the safety of the children. Coun Clive Tennant and Coun Pat Garbutt

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Controversial plans to build 183 homes on land next to two primary schools are expected to be approved.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee will discuss the plans to build the new estate just off Cobblers Lane in Pontefract on Thursday.

Campaigners fear the safety of pupils at nearby Holy Family and St Michael’s and Cobblers Lane primary schools could be at risk if the plans get the go ahead.

But the developer Linden Homes North claims 30 per cent of the properties would be affordable.

And they would help tackle the shortage of childcare places forecast in the area by contributing £46,066.

The application had been deferred by the committee in April.

But the council’s planning officers have now recommended the plans for approval.