A property nicknamed “slushy ground” has sparked outrage among residents.
In Cookridge, a north-west Leeds suburb, there has long been controversy over building greenfield housing.
People who live nearby wanted the square to remain undeveloped so they could continue to enjoy the views and walk dogs there.
Angry locals had coined the term “wet ground” for the Moseley Beck property, which they claimed would be built on a floodplain.
The property is situated on a hillside, near a creek, with a motley drainage system that tends to be wetter than other areas.
But engineer Mathew Lloyd, who was one of the first people to move to the property in 2018, said the idea the area was a floodplain was “nonsense”.
He claims it’s just “propaganda to prevent development from expanding.”
The 48-year-old said: “It was pushed as being on a flood plain but if you look at all the geographic studies it’s not.
“It’s been claimed to be in a flood plain, but if you look at all the geographic studies, it’s not.
“You can appreciate that they had a nice view in front of their house and now they have a development.”
Mathew added that he takes the nickname “squishy butt” with “a pinch of salt.”
Similarly, 18-year-old resident Harry Walker said he doesn’t mind the name. He even now affectionately dubs the property “squishy ass, Cookridge.”
Referring to flooding concerns, Harry said there was “a lot of flood defenses built, an underground reservoir and a lot of gates”.
“Nothing major happened while we were here, so I didn’t really think about it,” he added.
Luci Unsworth, 51, said she’s never had flooding either, but notes the grass needs cutting a lot more often.
Unimpressed by the moniker, Luci dismissed it as “slang,” adding, “I agree, it’s a lovely neighborhood.”
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