East Leeds: Appeal lodged for new homes

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an appeal has been lodged against proposals to build hundreds of new homes after permission was refused.

More than 2,500 objections opposed the scheme to build 700 homes on land at East Scholes.

The development was rejected by Leeds City Council planners last year after they branded the scheme as being too substantial an expansion for the village.

Developers GMI Development and David Wilson Homes lodged the appeal after they made a series of changes to the plans.

The revised scheme includes a reduction in homes to 650 with green areas and a promise to invest money to expand the local primary school.

A spokesman said there is an “urgent need” for new homes in the city.

He said: “Since the application was first submitted we have introduced positive changes to our proposals in response to feedback from the local authority and local residents.

“There is an urgent need for new houses in Leeds.

“We believe our scheme is essential to help meet this clear demand and that is why we have now lodged a planning appeal.

“If the appeal is successful, the council will not have to release as much green belt land for housing in its emerging Site Allocations Document which is due out for public consultation later this year.”

The appeal has drawn criticism from local residents who maintain they will still object the latest proposals.

Barwick and Scholes parish council chair Ben Hogan said: “To nearly double the size of this village and to put all the traffic onto us - our answer will still be the same.

“At the end of the day it is down to the inspector, but the possibility of them coming forward with the same virtual plan is absolutely ridiculous.

He added: “Once we get it we will fight it to the best of our ability.”