Leeds: Hundreds of homes at controversial sites could get green light

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plans to build hundreds of houses in a Leeds village are being recommended for approval.

Bradford Council is set to re-examine plans to build more than 300 houses at Derry Hill and Bingley Road in Menston.

Members of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee will make a decision about the controversial sites just five days before a planning inquiry is scheduled over one of the sites.

Developer Taylor Wimpey appealed to the Planning Inspectorate on the basis that the Council had not determined its initial application for houses on Bingley Road.

A report to the Regulatory and Appeals Committee recommends approving a duplicate of a plan for 135 houses on land at Bingley Road, and ruling the council would have approved the original if it had been in a position to determine it at the time.

The council gave the green light for the developments in February last year.

But it later agreed to revisit both schemes, after solicitors representing campaigners Menston Action Group told the authority to reconsider the plans in light of changes to national planning policy and flooding at the sites.

Council officers have said in a report to the panel that the application remained recommended for approval subject to conditions set out in the original planning report.

The hearing, which could last up to three days, will take place at Kirklands Community Centre, Main Street, Menston, starting at 10am on April 9.

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