Decision due on 57-home Leeds scheme

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A DECISION is set to be made next month on whether a new residential development on the old Civil Service sports ground will go ahead.

Rahon Property Developments wants to build 57 houses and apartments on the site in Potternewton, which has been abandoned for over a decade.

But several residents have objected to the plans, saying that the developers intend to rent out the flats to doctors at the nearby Chapel Allerton Hospital, which will damage community spirit.

Leeds City Council are hoping to decide on February 25 whether planning permission will be granted.

The development will have around nine ‘affordable houses’, according to the plans, in line with council requirements that any site of over 15 dwellings must contain 15 per cent afforable housing.

Existing planning permission on the site, granted in 2010, allowed for a three storey building incorporating 14 flats, a healthcare centre and pharmacy, as well as an 80 bedroom nursing home.

But Rahon said that the funding for those plans is no longer available and demand no longer exists.

There have been six formal complaints by residents submitted against the development.

One said: “The potential high turnover of tenants will almost certainly be detrimental to the existing local community.”

Others said that the impact on wildlife, including foxes, owls and bats, and the potential demolition of trees to build the development, would be unacceptable.

The design and access statement submitted by Rahon says that only one tree will need to be cut down, and it is already in poor condition due to ivy growth.

It also states that the disused sports pitch has been subject to vandalism and fly-tipping in the past few years.

The adjoining social club was demolished in 2008.