Residents fear traffic at a ‘nightmare’ junction in Knottingley will get worse after council chiefs approved a new housing estate on nearby land.
At a meeting last Thursday, planning committee members gave Gleeson Homes permission to build 176 new homes on land next to Rainsborough Avenue.
But residents claim the proposed access to the site - off nearby Pontefract Road - is dangerous and could lead to a rise in accidents.
Jane Nelson, who runs Cosypaws Cattery next to the proposed site, said: “The junction is a nightmare now and it’s only going to get worse.
“Just the day before last week’s meeting someone was knocked down at the junction and there have been fatalities there in the past. There is probably an accident every fortnight.”
The full planning application was originally deferred at a meeting on February 6 for more consultations on site access.
But Steve Gamble, director of Gleeson Homes, told last week’s meeting that five other access routes had been looked at but were unsuitable.
Outline permission for up to 475 more homes and land for a school, using the same access road, was also approved.
Knottingley councillor Graham Stokes said: “It was surprising how quickly the plans were back in front of the planning committee.It does make you wonder how in depth highways have looked at the other options.
“I was also disappointed with the recommendations that the access was acceptable.
“To me, and everybody else who knows the junction, it’s a very bad access point to have.”
A spokeswoman for Gleeson Homes said: “We are very pleased the planning committee granted approval.
“We will work with local residents to try to keep the inevitable disruption to a minimum during construction.
“This is a major project and we are currently recruiting local people for jobs on the building site and we would like to hear from more young people who would like apprenticeships.
“We anticipate construction of the road entrance will commence in the next few weeks with house construction and sales taking place in the summer.
“The total value of our initial phase of this project is £21million and this will inject about £7million into the local economy during the next few years.
“We were also granted outline planning for a further 500 dwellings and this will result in additional development with a value of around £75million.”