Menston campaigners issue call to arms

Campaigners fighting against plans for nearly 350 new homes in Menston are preparing to put their case to a Government minister later this month.

But before then, the Menston Action Group (MAG) has issued a call to arms for all residents in the village to view the plans for the sites at Bingley Road and Derry Hill at a public information exhibition today.

Developers Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes will reveal further details about their proposals for the green field land at the Kirklands Community Centre, between 3 and 7pm.

Philip Moore, of MAG, who are working alongside Menston Parish Council and Menston Community Association, is trying to mobilise objectors to the plans and let as many people as possible know about the exhibition.

The group, who are also meeting Bradford Council leader Ian Greenwood tomorrow, then want to gauge public opinion to the proposals they believe will put too much strain on the village's road network and general infrastructure.

"Basically, it wasn't that well advertised by the developers." Mr Moore said.

There were a few signposts and some people have had letters through their doors but not everybody, so we're letting people know about it.

"And then we will be speaking to people after they come out of the exhibition and will try to find out what they think about it."

It will be the first time for many villagers to get the opportunity to see what the developers want to do with the sites at Bingley Road and Derry Hill, which have had their Green Belt protection removed by a planning inspector in 2004.

"There were some draft plans put up at the end of January, but that was poorly advertised and very few people saw those." Mr Moore said.

And then on July 29, Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark will visit the village to have a look at the sites and talk to local residents after an invite from Shipley MP Philip Davies during Parliamentary questions at the House of Commons last month.

Mr Clark told the Commons he would be happy to meet locals and Mr Moore and the rest of MAG are hoping they will get the chance to put their objections to him.

"I am sure he will see clearly why these green field sites at Bingley Road and Derry Hill are not fit for purpose as housing estates." Mr Moore said.


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