Terry Pogson, of Harewood Way, said: “I am extremely disappointed that there could be an apartment block so close to my garden giving me a view, not of a nature reserve, but of an apartment block roof.”
David Adsetts, of Fulneck, Pudsey, said: “The land forms an important wildlife corridor. I have video footage of badgers and roe deer on my land which have approached from this side.”
He added that it “forms part of a local mosaic of habitats”.
But the landowner Steve Cotton said he wants to improve the site. “You have this scar of a wall which is 12 metres high and it has graffiti on it.
“It’s a massive eye-sore. We’re going to obviously landscape over it so that it disappears.
“We are trying to do it in a really sympathetic manner and create great living space.
“We don’t have to build shoe boxes.”
He added that the views of those living on top of the hill would not be affected by the because they would be able to see over the top of a development.
Various plans for the site, which is not on the green belt, have been approved over the years without being successfully followed up.