East Leeds: Garforth flats plan dividing opinion

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PROPOSALS for a new residential development in Garforth are causing a sharp divide in opinion among local residents.

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As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Volfortis Investments Ltd is seeking planning permission for the conversion of a former depot site on Green Lane into flats.

A previous planning application for the site by Volfortis was knocked back earlier this year following opposition from people living in the area.

The new application has attracted objections from residents who have concerns over road safety, parking and flood risks.

But a number of people have now also submitted comments to the council backing the much talked-about scheme.

One resident, Elaine Grogan, said in her statement: “Garforth is a residential suburb, and can only be improved when brownfield sites are replaced by quality housing.”

Another supporter, Graham Salt, said: “The depot, car park and adjoining scrub land has been an eyesore for a number of years and a honeypot for antisocial behaviour. The proposed residential development would be a welcome change.”

Volfortis’s previous application was rejected in March. A report giving the reasons for the thumbs-down said the project would represent an “over-development of the site detrimental to the character and appearance of the site and the wider streetscene”.

The location earmarked for the latest scheme remains the same but the number of flats has been cut from 13 to nine.

A document lodged with the council on behalf of Volfortis also says that a reduction in the proposed number of car parking bays has “enabled more amenity space to be provided to the east of the site”.

It goes on: “The outlook of the ground floor flats has been improved through the increase in landscaping and planting around the building.”

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