Councillors give green light to new £15m Leeds housing development

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WORK to transform six acres of land into a £15m housing development in Morley is set to begin after planning approval was granted by Leeds City Council.

The 61 houses will be built on land just off Albert Road by developer Redrow Homes.

Permission to build on the site was first granted in September. But Morley councillors initially objected to the development due a lack of affordable houses being included in the plans and the possibility of losing green space land.

A revised plan was approved last month.

Coun Robert Finnigan said Morley councillors had secured a £1.5m deal with developers for community improvements.

He said: “After the Planning Authority gave planning permission we negotiated hard to get the maximum community benefit we could.

“This included 15 per cent of high quality affordable housing.

“We believe we have obtained the best deal possible for local residents.”

Coun Finnigan said there had also been concerns about the possible increase in traffic using Albert Road and the over development of the town, which would put a strain on local services including schools and health centres.

The package agreed with Redrow will see £1.5m spent in the community on projects which will include road safety improvements.

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