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Leeds eyesore site could turn into ‘good neighbour’

Resident and campaigner Norah Gibson with neighbours at the former filling station on Broad Lane Bramley, pictured in 2008.

Resident and campaigner Norah Gibson with neighbours at the former filling station on Broad Lane Bramley, pictured in 2008.

AN eyesore piece of land which has caused 14 years of misery for a Leeds community – and was even put on a hitlist of the city’s worst ‘nuisance’ sites – is set to be transformed into a new development which promises to be a “good neighbour”.

The former petrol station site on Broad Lane, Bramley, has been at the centre of a long-running row.

The YEP reported earlier this year that after many years of campaigning, locals had persuaded Leeds City Council to apply pressure on the site’s co-owners to clean up the overgrown and filthy site.

The council used additional enforcement powers to take over marketing of the site, and has now prepared a detailed planning guidance document for interested parties who could develop it.

The document, published by the council’s planning department, stresses that any development put forward “should be sensitively designed, must be a good neighbour and should contribute to a sense of place, quality and character”.

It also stresses that any residential development should “protect residents from noise and unwanted disturbance”, specifically from the nearby pub.

A further report to the council’s chief planning officer says: “Unoccupied for many years, the site has become an eyesore and was identified on the council’s Derelict and Nuisance Sites programme for priority intervention.”

Long-time Broad Lane resident Norah Gibson started campaigning in 2001, when the petrol station was demolished, to get it cleaned up. She compiled a dossier of activity, including flytipping and evidence of indecent behaviour, and even took the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman.

She earlier told the YEP she was “optimistic about the future”.

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