Leeds ‘Soggy Bottom’ housing scheme set to be rejected

Chairman of Cookridge Residents Action Group Michael Lowry penned a song called Soggy Bottom Calypso.
Chairman of Cookridge Residents Action Group Michael Lowry penned a song called Soggy Bottom Calypso.
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Proposals to build up to 200 new homes on a site dubbed “Soggy Bottom” by campaigners could be thrown out by planners.

Local residents and politicians joined forces to object against the scheme for hundreds of new homes on land at the rear of Moseley Wood Gardens, in Cookridge, Leeds.

Members of Cookridge Residents Action Group said the site should not be allocated for housing at all due to the risk of flooding and nicknamed it “Soggy Bottom”.

Last year the group, which was resurrected after it was originally formed in 1962 to oppose similar plans, penned their own internet song called the Soggy Bottom Calypso against the plans.

Members of Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel are being advised to reject the scheme because of its “poor urban design” and impact of traffic in the surrounding area.

A report to planners, which will be presented at the meeting on Thursday, said that outline planning permission should be refused as it would cause harm “to the amenity of the neighbouring residents on Moseley Wood Rise.”

The report said: “The proposed means of access into the site is considered unacceptable to provide sufficient safe and convenient access options contrary to good urban design principles.”

It added: “The proposed principal means of access to and from the site would result in significant traffic movements (both vehicular and pedestrian) going past properties of the residents of Moseley Wood Rise which would result in harm to the living conditions of the residents on Moseley Wood Rise.”

Local MP Greg Mulholland was among those who submitted letters of objection against the proposed development in north Leeds.

The Leeds North West MP said: “There is only one point of access into the site and there will be severe traffic problems if these 200 houses are built.

“In addition it is possible that there would be a serious impact on access to medical services and primary and secondary schools.

“There is increasing pressure on public services, especially school places, and no consideration appears to have been given to the effect that this development would have in the local area.”

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