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East Leeds: Green space fears as scheme nears its end

An earlier artists impression of Millennium Village.

An earlier artists impression of Millennium Village.

A 21st century ‘eco village’ – created to be a beacon for future developments – is set to move into its final phase of building 15 years after it was first envisaged.

Leeds council planning chiefs last night approved an application for the final 189-home phase of Millennium Village in Allerton Bywater, subject to the signing of a community contributions package.

Despite the go-ahead, concerned residents told the panel that vital green space near their homes was being sacrificed in favour of new car parking spaces.

A representative for homeowners on Flockton Road said: “We don’t want to lose one of the key reasons for buying our homes.” A report to the panel said the loss of green areas for parking was “unacceptable”, adding that additional industrial development in the application was “not in accord with the original eco-friendly ethos” for the village.

The project was dreamt up as a development of environmentally friendly homes, designed to reduce energy, waste and water consumption, and minimise the ecological impact of the building process.

Jamie Moran, from Keepmoat homes, which is building the final phase, told the meeting that the “fundamental issue” of parking was recognised, however car facilities have been designed “with the whole of Millennium Village in mind”. The development has around two parking spaces per home, the meeting heard. Mr Moran said a “more substantial” landscaping scheme would be put in place in the area to compensate for lost green space.

An initial blueprint for Millennium Village was presented in 1999, and outline planning permission for the overall project granted in 2002. The first resident arrived in 2006.

The community contributions-package for the final phase includes £17,600 for off-site greenspace.

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