NEIGHBOURS are mobilising forces to oppose plans for a new housing estate on a school playing field.
Castle Hall School at Mirfield wants to fund a new sports hall and all-weather pitches by selling off some of its land.
The school, which has had two similar development applications rejected in the past, has teamed up with Magellan Residential Ltd to put forward the new plans.
The development will feature 30 houses on the Towngate end of the field.
Local residents and parents are opposing the development, which they fear will erode green belt land and add to traffic bottlenecks at Camm Lane, Crowlees Road and Towngate.
Simon Bullock, representing the residents of Crowlees Gardens, said: "The plan is on green belt land and would erode green space.
"The 30 houses that they are proposing will add 60 cars to the area's traffic.
"The developers themselves have predicted a car every two minutes at picking up and dropping off times."
Mr Bullock, the father of a 13-year-old girl at Castle Hall, said he had seen the existing sports provision at the school.
"It's similar to the grammar school that I attended as a boy, which gave me an excellent grounding in sport."
But he added: "We as parents and residents want the best facilities for our children but not at the risk of accident and injury.
"I do not think that the school has attempted to look at the situation through the eyes of its neighbours or considered alternative means of finance."
Mr Bullock said that the all-weather pitch was not required as the school already had a variety of conventional pitches.
"The all-weather pitch will create light pollution for residents and an increased level of litter and graffiti," he added.
The school says past bids for cash to the National Lotto and the Sports Council have failed.
It has been criticised by Ofsted inspectors in 2000 for its poor sports provision.
Mr Bullock said that four pressure groups had been formed to oppose the plans.
Residents in Pinfold, Mirfield, are concerned about the strain that additional housing is placing on the drainage system.
The school declined to comment.