Leeds: Planners throw out scheme for 550 new homes

The proposed site on Calverley Lane.
The proposed site on Calverley Lane.
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plans to build up to 550 homes in a Leeds suburb have been thrown out by councillors.

Members of Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel West opposed the move to build hundreds of homes on the former Clariant and Riverside Mills sites, in Horsforth.

The packed meeting heard that planning officers had received over 160 objections against the proposed development next to the ring road.

In a report to the panel developer Harrow Estates, part of housebuilder Redrow, proposed to pay towards a new bus service, road improvements, Metrocards for 60 per cent of residents and money for primary education.

The meeting also heard that they were willing to signalise Horsforth roundabout but in return they would slash the number of affordable homes at the site.

But councillors threw out the decision to defer and delegate the matter by a majority vote.

Councillor Graham Latty branded the surrounding roads a “nightmare” and said: “We have to make our minds up whether it is worth sacrificing an awful lot to meet the housing target.

“That part of the valley has borne and is bearing the brunt of development in Leeds.”

Councillor Jamie Matthews added: “We have got to look at it logically.

“The schools are full, the roads are full and you can’t even cycle back home safely.

“You can throw as much section 106 money at it as you like.

“Sadly the site is just not suitable for housing and this is a sad situation to be in.”

Councillor Mick Coulson, who supported the application, said that it was a better than the previous application.

The meeting heard representations from both Harrow Estates and Horsforth Riverside LLP.

Local councillor Brian Cleasby (Lib Dem, Horsforth) praised the panel’s decision but said he believed that the developers would appeal against it.

He added: “I’m relieved and delighted with the result.

“We should not be at the mercy of developers.”

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