Concerns over Leeds ‘mansion’ plan

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Plans to bulldoze a “modest” house in an affluent Leeds suburb and replace it with a lavish new six-bedroom, four-floor mansion have attracted concerns from locals.

The proposal for a house in Ling Lane in Scarcroft includes a host of luxurious add-ons, among them a converted roofspace and en-suite bathrooms with every bedroom, There will also be space for 17 cars, including a basement level car park for 12 vehicles which will be reached by lift.

The existing house to be demolished is described as a two storey, residential dwelling of “modest scale and simple form and style”.

A report being presented to a Leeds council plans panel for consideration on Thursday says: “Ling Lane is characterised by large houses, set within generous, verdant plots”.

It notes that a number of neighbours - as well as Scarcroft Parish Council - “have expressed concern” about loss of light, impact on neighbours’ “private amenity” and “over dominance”.

People are also worried about noxious fumes related to the underground parking, and “the impact on the integrity of the structure on neighbouring properties”.

Despite the concerns, council officers says the plan is considered to be acceptable “in principle”.

“There are numerous examples of properties being demolished and rebuilt along Ling Lane in recent years,” the preview report says. “It is considered that the proposal sympathetically reflects the size, scale, form and style of dwelling in Ling Lane and...would preserve the character and appearance of Ling Lane.

“It is also not considered that the proposals would adversely affect the living conditions of neighbours.”

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