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Second bid to help protect Horsforth's Hunger Hill Woods
A second public meeting is to be held to help ensure land around Hunger Hills Woods in Horsforth will not be built on.
The meeting is being called by ward councillor Dawn Collins, who is urging local people to make their views known about the future of the green space.
Coun Collins organised a public meeting earlier this month after the land was included in the latest version of Leeds City Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), which will be used to assess where new housing might be built.
Coun Collins said its inclusion in the document meant someone must have asked for it to be there – but she stressed this did not necessarily mean it would be built on.
But she believes it is important for local people to come together to discuss the issue so they can present a case to Leeds for the removal of the green space from the SHLAA.
She said: “I don’t want to upset people by saying there is a big issue – there is an issue but we can do something about it.”
The city council would be looking at the SHLAA to identify sites for housing, she said.
“We as residents have to make sure it doesn’t pick the wrong piece of land,” she added.
“Leeds is keen to engage with local people and to get their feedback. But Leeds as a city has got to realise there has got to be some development somewhere between now and 2028.”
Coun Collins stressed the importance of presenting information to the city planners so they could use it in making their final decision.
“I described it to someone as giving the planners the ammunition so they can fire it,” she said. “If we give them the information as to why the site should not be developed, they will use it.
“I am sure that with the natural beauty and wildlife diversity in Hunger Hills, that if we give them that information, they will not use the land.”
Coun Collins said people living nearby would be informed when a date was set for the meeting.
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