People living in Menston will get the chance to vote in a referendum about whether they want 300 new homes in the village.

Developers Taylor Wimpey want to build 124 homes off Bingley Road, while Barratt Homes have applied to build 174 new houses at Derry Hill.

Campaigners fighting the proposals believe a referendum will be held before the end of the month.

The referendum will ask people to agree or disagree with a motion urging Bradford Council not to accept plans for the new homes.

No date for the vote has been confirmed, but it is expected to be within 14 to 25 days from a meeting held last Friday. Campaigners have used powers in the 1972 local Government Act to call the referendum.

Menston Action Group president Philip Moore said he was pleased residents would get the chance to go to the polls.

“We’ll take the result to the Council and see if they will then listen to the results of this referendum,” he said.

“Failing that we’d present the results to the Government’s Department for Local Communities and Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State.

“It’s much stronger than a petition for instance, coupled with all the objection letters and the referendum, I think, will carry a lot of weight.”