East Leeds: Residents battle town flats plan

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PLANS for a new flats scheme are facing opposition from residents in east Leeds.

A former depot site on Green Lane in the town has been earmarked for the proposed development of 13 one and two-bed apartments as well as 20 parking spaces and a “shared outdoor amenity” area.

An application for planning permission for the project is currently pending consideration by Leeds City Council.

A design and access statement submitted to the council on behalf of applicants Volfortis Investments Ltd says the proposed four-storey development would “take account of the character and appearance” of the neighbourhood. But council officials have received a number of objections to the scheme from people worried by its potential impact on their community.

One resident, Beverley Firth, told the council: “As a very close neighbour to this possible development, I feel like my home and garden will be overlooked drastically with this heightened building which is planned.”

Another resident, Harry Bloomfield, said: “The roads locally .... suffer parking issues and this development would simply add to those problems.”

Concerns have also been raised about the effect the project could have on water drainage and disposal systems.

Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth and Swillington), who has lodged his own objection to the scheme, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It would impact on already busy roads in the area.

“Any new flats would also feed into a drainage system that is already at breaking point.”

The project’s design and access statement says the Green Lane site – near East Garforth railway station – is in a “sustainable location”.

It also says: “The area has been subject to much development in the past, with the area now having a predominantly residential character.”

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