Developer asks again to create 770 homes in Leeds

Residents on Dunningley Lane, Tingley. PIC: Simon Hulme
Residents on Dunningley Lane, Tingley. PIC: Simon Hulme
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A developer has been criticised after making a repeat application to build 770 homes in Leeds – while an appeal process is still underway into the same plan lodged last year.

The Sir Robert Ogden Partnership wants to create an estate and a convenience shop at safeguarded land off Dunningley Lane in Tingley.

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Coun Jack Dunn is now urging residents who made objections to the last set of proposals to re-submit them.

“This land is a place of natural beauty. You get off the road and it’s like being in the Yorkshire Dales. It should be left as a green lung. It absorbs pollution. If they build, it’s going to take all that away. There are no schools, no doctor’s surgeries. They’re hoping to put one small store on there. To me, it’s just a no-goer.”

The developer has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate over its previous idea, which was lodged in September.

A spokesman for the developer said: “The applicant has followed the statutory process of appealing the proposals when the application has not been determined within the specified time period. A second application has been lodged with the Council to allow negotiations to continue on the scheme in a collaborative manner in order to avoid the need for the appeal if at all possible.”

Leeds City Council’s executive member for planning, Coun Richard Lewis, said: “We are disappointed that the applicant has decided to follow this course of action.”

He added that Highways England had made a “holding direction” which would have prevented the council from making a decision before March 10.

COUNCIL’S VIEW ON THE APPEAL

Executive Member for planning Coun Lewis (Lab, Pudsey) said: “This application is for development of a greenfield site identified as safeguarded land in our emerging Site Allocations Plan. 
“Although the planning rules in place from Central Government mean that planning permission can be granted on a site like this we would have to be convinced it is, on balance, a suitable site for new homes, something we are unable to do at the current time.”

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