Leeds & West Yorkshire

Menston referendum gives vote about 300 new houses

A vote being cast
Image caption The referendum will come from the parish council budget

A village in West Yorkshire will hold a parish referendum following concerns over the construction of 300 new homes.

Menston has two sites earmarked for building by developers Barrett Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

The Menston Action Group has used powers in the 1972 Local Government Act to hold a vote for or against the homes.

The referendum will be run by a Bradford Council returning officer on Thursday, 7 April.

Under the act six members of a parish can call a referendum on local issues.

Bradford Council will oversee the vote and the cost will come from the budget of Menston Parish Council.

The result of the vote is not binding but a measure of public opinion.

First sod

Menston, north of Bradford and Leeds, overlooks the Wharfe Valley across to Otley.

Martin Rix from Menston Action Group said: "Until the first sod is cut we will fight this development because it is wrong for the village."

A statement from developers Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes said: "The sites at Bingley Road and Derry Hill respectively are allocated housing sites in Bradford MBC's Unitary Development Plan released for development in 2008.

"In addition a Supplementary Planning Document specific to both sites was produced and publicly consulted upon before being adopted in 2007.

"Planning applications have been submitted on both sites and will be determined in due course."

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