TV Harrison ground campaign holds public meeting

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Community campaigners are aiming to restore the pitch, off Oldfield Lane

Campaigners hoping to save the historic TV Harrison ground in Wortley from being turned into local authority housing will hold a public meeting to discuss the latest developments in their campaign.

In September outline plans to build up to 61 houses the ground, off Oldfield Lane, were approved in principle by Leeds City Council for a second time.

Campaigners have submitted a new claim for a judicial review into the council’s planning decision.

The public meeting will be held at Highfield Methodist Church in Wortley tomorrow (Tuesday, 7 December, from 7pm to 9pm).

Council planning chiefs argue there is an ‘acute need’ for local authority housing, with over 500 people on the waiting list for good quality homes – 100 of these are classed by the council as in severe need.

The area has already been allocated for up to 61 houses in the council’s planning blueprint, the Site Allocation Plan (SAP).

The pitch was disused for about 15 years after the facilities – which were once used by the prestigious Leeds City Boys teams and nicknamed ‘Wortley’s Wembley’ – fell into disrepair.

Members of the TV Harrison Community Action Group have, over the past 12 months, cut the grass and restored the once-overgrown pitch to allow community matches to take place. They argue the land was originally gifted to the children of Leeds in the form of a trust deed and have plans to include community facilities on the site.

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