Battle lines on huge homes scheme

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RESIDENTS are battling plans to build up to 2,000 new homes on land they say was previously decreed unfit for such a development.

The Thorp Arch Estate would create an entirely new village on land next to the Thorp Arch Trading Estate, near Wetherby.

But the housing masterplan has sparked anger among residents of nearby Thorp Arch village.

A similar proposal from site owners Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust to build 1,500 homes on the site was rejected in 2006, they say.

But Rockspring has submitted an outline planning application to build thousands of homes, this time with a community centre, playing fields, bowling green and tennis court. A village centre with convenience store, local shops such as hair salon, café and doctors’ surgery has also been suggested.

Rockspring said: “We have worked closely with ward councillors and local parish councils to evolve the original proposals.

“The masterplan delivers a viable and sustainable solution for this important brownfield site, while also taking on board comments and issues raised.

“It will help to meet the urgent need for new homes in the area.”