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Riverside flat dwellers fear Leeds flood plans could devalue new homes

The Lord Merlyn-Rees Riverside Garden at Knostrop Cut, Hunslet.

The Lord Merlyn-Rees Riverside Garden at Knostrop Cut, Hunslet.

Residents living in new-build apartments on the banks of the River Aire fear multi-million pound flood defence plans could devalue their homes.

A number of people living in the H2010 development, in Hunslet, feel their riverside apartments will be unfairly hit if the council goes ahead with plans to remove part of Knostrop Cut – creating a wetland area or a garden by filling it in – to merge the canal and River Aire.

Fears over the affect such a move could have on local wildlife and the beauty of the area have been voiced, while some raised concerns over plans for the Transpennine Trail to be diverted to the river’s north bank.

In a letter of objection posted on Leeds City Council’s website, one H2010 resident said: “The proposed fill-in will destroy this and replace it with nothing more than another unwelcomed concrete-jungle landscape.”

Plans for flood defence work around Knostrop Cut were approved in October although they could be brought back to a council committee as part of a wider update. The plans form part of a £50m scheme aimed to protect 3,000 homes and 500 firms.

A council spokesman said work at Knostrop Cut is needed to help create extra flood storage that could lower water levels.

He said: “There will be further consultation undertaken on the draft details before the plans are finalised.“

Comments on the plans must be submitted by Thursday. Visit publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications and search for application 13/03191/FU.

 

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