Leeds ‘Royal’ church homes fears

Adel Church, Leeds.
Adel Church, Leeds.
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HE’S currently got his hands full preparing for his daughter’s wedding to Prince William.

But it would be no surprise if Kate Middleton’s dad Michael also found time to keep an eye on a planning inquiry taking place in Leeds this week.

The inquiry will consider a bid to build around 70 homes on land near Adel Parish Church, where Mr Middleton’s parents married in 1946.

Housing developer David Wilson Homes had an application for permission for the controversial scheme rejected by Leeds City Council at the end of 2009.

A subsequent appeal by the firm to the Government’s planning inspectorate triggered the inquiry that will run from 10am tomorrow at Leeds Civic Hall.

Today residents in Adel appealed for people to highlight the level of opposition to the proposals by turning out in force for the hearing.

Local historian Val Crompton said: “This development, if approved, would destroy the natural setting and environment of the church and the surrounding area.”

Church warden Geoff Steel, meanwhile, fears Adel’s road network could struggle to cope with any extra traffic generated by the project.

Rejecting the developer’s planning application in December 2009, the city council said the scheme constituted a “poor design solution which is unsympathetic to its surroundings”.

The land earmarked for the project lies to the north of Holt Avenue, off Otley Road. Campaigners say some of the properties would be just 50 metres from the parish church, a Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century.

Dave Hudson, technical director for David Wilson Homes in West Yorkshire, said: “We are sensitive .... to the location and history of any area and Holt Avenue is no exception.”

l The planning inquiry is scheduled to last several days. People interested in attending morning or afternoon sessions are asked to email angela@ukroyalties.com.


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