Plans to build 125 homes on Leeds mill site

The site in Rawdon where developers want to build new homes.

The site in Rawdon where developers want to build new homes.

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More than 100 homes could be built on the site of a former historic mill in Leeds.

Plans have been unveiled to build 125 homes on the Naylor Jennings site in Rawdon.

The scheme, which has been drawn up by David Wilson Homes, was discussed at a pre-application meeting.

Developers, who look set to remove two of the ponds at the site, will submit a formal planning application to ask Leeds City Council for the brownfield site.

But there are fears new homes could impact Rawdon’s infrastructure.

Councillor Graham Latty (Cons, Guiseley and Rawdon) said: “It’s a brownfield site therefore there it is pre-ordained that it will be developed.

“Once you get through the gates of the factory it is in one heck of a state and something needs doing with it.

“But then we come to the same problem about the traffic this will create.

“Green Lane is busy enough as it is and we have put suggestions that it should be controlled by a roundabout or failing that traffic lights.”

He also expressed concerns that the new development would impact on school places.

Developers have agreed to retain the smaller chimneys at the site along with a terrace of three cottages, a semi detached management house and the main office block frontage.

There are also plans to relocate wildlife.

Councillor Latty is also trying to get the developers to maintain the site’s main chimney.

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