More than 300 people packed out a village hall for a meeting to fight any proposals to sell greenbelt land for housing.
The huge gathering at Wrenthorpe Village Hall last Friday night showed the strength of feeling among residents, according to organiser Jan Lawler from the Wrenthorpe Community Association (WCA).
Residents fear land in Kirkhamgate and off Jerry Clay Lane is being lined up for development a part of Wakefield Council’s Local Development Plan and are setting their stalls out early.
Mrs Lawler said: “It was an amazing turnout, there were people outside ho couldn’t get in. The strength of feeling is incredible.
“We now need to pull together a plan to back the council with. Wrenthorpe’s infrastructure can’t cope with any more housing.
An online petition has already garnered around 600 signatures and residents are being encouraged to write to Wakefield Council to protest.
Wakefield Council said that it was in the process of reviewing the LDP, which gives an overview of future development, and that people’s opinions would be listened to.
A revised draft LDP is expected at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, another meeting is being lined up at Wrenthorpe Village Hall this evening, Friday, June 22, at 7pm.
Mrs Lawler said: “We are looking for people with particular skill sets who can help us put together a plan to attend the meeting.”