Speaking at the first public showing of the Linton Neighbourhood Plan, the MP said it was great news.
“This is the first Neighbourhood Plan to reach the pre-submission consultation stage in Leeds and is great news for the community,” said the MP.
“I congratulate all those involved in preparing this Plan and thank them for all their hard work and commitment.”
Work started on the plan in May 2012 and though Linton neighbourhood plan steering group chairman Jill Bolton said it was at times frustrating, the plan provides crucial protection for the village.
She explained: “Back in 2012 there were seven sites going before Leeds for Linton and if these sites were all successful, though that may not be likely, it would have meant 350 being builtin Linton over the next 20 years.
“There was considerable concern in Linton, as in other communities, that houses were going to be built in areas that perhaps the community felt were not suitable and that another site might be more suitable, so this process has allowed us to address that.
“It is about trying to protect the village from development in areas that we feel would be damaging to the village long term.”
At the end of July, after the consultations period, the steeting group will write up a full draft of the plan and send it to Leeds City Council for scrutiny.
The next Open Event will be held at the Hall on Thursday, June 26, 6-9pm.
Information regarding the Linton Plan can be found on www.lintonvillage.org.