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Leave Outwood Lane as it was in 1908, says Horsforth homes protesters
Opponents of housing on the Outwood Lane site, back row from left, are Richard and Elspeth Taylor, Karen Crosland, David Hanson and Rick Amos. Front row, Zachary and Elijah Taylor, and Bob Kidd. Photograph by Peter Crosland
A postcard dating back more than a century is being used in a campaign to prevent development on a green site.
The scene from 1908 has been used to help galvanise support for the campaign to prevent 34 homes being built on land at Outwood Lane in Horsforth.
The postcard is also forming part of the evidence given at a public hearing into the development plan which was taking place this week.
Campaigners from the Cragg Hill and Woodside residents group used an image of the postcard on leaflets telling local people about the hearing, which began last week at the Civic Hall in Leeds.
Redrow’s plans to build 34 homes on the land were thrown out by planners last year.
But the controversial scheme is now the subject of an appeal and the outcome will be decided by a Government planning inspector.
Residents group chairman Peter Crosland said: “It is the last rural characteristic of the area and I think Outwood Lane embodies that.
“It is just a vitally important piece of land.”
He said the postcard showing the stretch of road was used on a flyer which was sent round local homes to generate interest.
“People are really quite taken aback by the fact that that view from 1908 hasn’t changed – and we don’t want it to change.”
Mr Crosland argued that the land was a diverse habitat and an important amenity for local people.
He said the strength of feeling was shown by the fact that more than 50 residents turned up at the first day of the hearing – showing “emphatic support” for the fight to prevent development.
Planners considering the development scheme received nearly 200 letters of objection and concerns from local councillors and groups such as Horsforth Civic Society, Cragg Hill and Woodside Residents Group and Newlay Conservation Society.
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