East Leeds: Second round in flats plan battle

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PEOPLE in Garforth are gearing up for round two of their fight against a proposed flats development.

Leeds City Council rejected an application for planning permission for the scheme on a former depot site on Green Lane earlier this year following objections from local residents.

Now the would-be developer, Volfortis Investments Ltd, has submitted a revised bid for planning permission.

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

A document submitted to 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.”

Despite the changes, the plans – which were submitted to the council on July 6 – have already attracted opposition from some residents.

One, Louise Godfrey, has lodged an objection detailing parking and road safety problems that she says would be caused by the scheme. Another resident, Anne Norfolk, has voiced worries over increased flood risks and parking.

Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth and Swillington), said today: “I am in favour of brownfield sites being brought forward for development but they have to be sustainable. In this case I have concerns over flooding as well as traffic movement in an area that is already home to East Garforth railway station.”

Volfortis’s previous application regarding the land at Green Lane was knocked back in March.

A report outlining the reasons for the decision said the scheme would represent an “over-development of the site detrimental to the character and appearance of the site and the wider streetscene”.

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