Developers appeal over rejected plan for Leeds homes amid woodland

Objectors Martin Calvert, Peter and Robbie Foulston and Joan and Mervyn Clayton at the site off Gledhow Valley Road
Objectors Martin Calvert, Peter and Robbie Foulston and Joan and Mervyn Clayton at the site off Gledhow Valley Road
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Developers are fighting a decision to deny permission for a controversial housing development amid woodland in Leeds.

The Catholic Diocese of Leeds and a private landowner, who own adjacent fields off Gledhow Valley Road in Chapel Allerton, submitted a joint application to build 14 homes last year.

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The plans were rejected by Leeds City Council after hundreds of local residents objected.

The council said the proposals were unacceptable “in what currently comprises a verdant and wooded character” and would cause “significant harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area”.

However, an appeal has now been lodged on behalf of the diocese and the other landowner in a bit to overturn the decision.

In appeal papers drawn up by Bradley Stankler planning consultants, they argue that site represents a “sustainable location with good access to local facilities and public transport”.

The appeal adds that the site “makes no contribution to the character of the wider conservation area”.

Martin Calvert, chair of the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods group, said he was “disappointed” by the appeal.

“It was turned down for very valid reasons,” he said.

“The developers have been very dismissive of all those who objected.”

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