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Petition over plans for green belt homes

Protestors take to the streets

Campaigners fighting plans to build hundreds of homes on Green Belt land in Horsforth will hand in a petition to Leeds council today.

Almost 2,000 people have objected to the development of what's known locally as the Strawberry Fields. The campaign group Save Leeds Green Belt is concerned over plans to build houses on green field sites when they claim brownfield sites are still available.

Concern over use of green belt

Lottery winners dig deep for Wentworth Castle

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Probably not offer to weed and transform a vast expanse of garden. But that's exactly what National Lottery winners from Leeds, Sarah and Aldan Ibbertson, did.

They won £3m in 2002, and now they're helping to mark the 300th birthday of Capability Brown - while volunteering for a transformation project at Wentworth Castle. See Martin Fisher's report here:

Flood defences aimed at preventing future disaster

Five months to the day since the Boxing Day floods devastated large parts of Calderdale, new defences costing £10 million have been unveiled in a bid to prevent a repeat of the disaster.

The village of Mytholmroyd was one of those worst affected, when the River Calder burst its banks last year. Hundreds of homes and business were engulfed by up to six feet of water.

The Environment Agency says it hopes the new scheme will help prevent future flooding. But some say more needs to be done. Chris Kiddey has the details.

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'Shadow Gate' sculpture is rejected

Shadow Gate sculpture Credit: Credit: Tonkin Liu and Arup architects

Councillors in Hull have rejected plans for a new sculpture to be placed next to the Beverley Gate ruins.

It was decided the 10m shell laced sculpture, dubbed 'Shadow Gate', was too large and in the wrong location.

We respect the decision of the Planning Committee who have listened to all of the views put forward, including concerns of its location, during the consultation period.

The commissioning of work from world-class artists is an integral part of our public realm programme and the long-term plans to make the city centre a distinctive, welcoming and fascinating place to visit.

We will continue to work with our other commissioned artists to represent the city’s history, character and architecture throughout the wider public realm programme. Given the need to ensure that the work in this area is completed on schedule, we are not proposing to bring forward any further proposals for this site.

– Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager
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