Leeds & West Yorkshire

Menston referendum's vote to stop houses

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

People have voted against creating 300 new houses in a West Yorkshire village in a parish referendum.

Of the 1,786 votes cast in Menston 1,760 (98%) people voted to ask Bradford Council to stop housing developments on two sites.

The result is not binding and the sites are earmarked for building by Barrett Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

The Menston Action Group used powers in the 1972 Local Government Act to hold a vote on the planned homes.

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

The referendum run by council officials on Thursday had a turnout of 49% of eligible voters.

The sites at Bingley Road and Derry Hill were allocated as housing sites in Bradford Council's Unitary Development Plan and released for development in 2008.

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