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Anger over housing estate plans

Residents and local councillors start campaigning against a proposed new development of 176 new homes on the edge of Knottingley. As well as being against the new homes, they believe that the proposed access route into the new estate will cause heavy traffic problems.
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Residents and local councillors start campaigning against a proposed new development of 176 new homes on the edge of Knottingley. As well as being against the new homes, they believe that the proposed access route into the new estate will cause heavy traffic problems. p305a350

Angry residents have stepped up their fight against plans to build a new housing estate in Knottingley.

Developers Gleeson Homes submitted an application to Wakefield Council in July to build 176 homes on land next to Rainsborough Avenue.

Residents claim the development is not needed and would create an increase in traffic through the town.

Don Ferguson, 68, of Rainsborough Avenue, said: “Some people might label me a nimby but there is no need for any more housing in Knottingley.

“The proposed site is on green belt land, but the developers haven’t had to prove there’s a need to build on that land.”

If approved, the Rainsborough Park development would consist of 41 two-bedroom, 107 three-bedroom and 27 four-bedroom properties.

Proposed access to the site would be off Pontefract Road, where residents claim there have been fatal road accidents in the past.

Karen Richardson, 45, who also lives on Rainsborough Avenue, said: “I think it is totally the wrong place for the access road.

“I don’t think they realise the increased risk it will pose to that junction and users of the road.”

A spokeswoman for Gleeson Homes said: “The land is allocated for housing and we have been negotiating with the planning department for some time to produce much needed new homes for the local community.

“We hope to be granted planning permission early in the new year with a view to starting work in spring.

“This £21m project will provide jobs for local people for the next eight years and will inject £7 m into the local economy.

“We will be recruiting labourers, joiners and bricklayers in spring and we would also like to hear from young people who are interested in an apprenticeship.”

 

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