Fears over new Leeds homes plans

CAMPAIGNERS: Councillor Jack Dunn, Ian Leathley and Russell Barugh at the site in Tingley.
CAMPAIGNERS: Councillor Jack Dunn, Ian Leathley and Russell Barugh at the site in Tingley.
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Plans have been lodged for nearly 200 homes that could be built on land owned by Leeds Rhinos to fund upgrades at Headingley Stadium.

An application has now been submitted to Leeds City Council to create the housing development on land off Old Thorpe Lane, Tingley

The plans were first revealed in February and if given the go-ahead, the land will be sold to pay for a revamp of the north and south stands at the Rugby League club’s stadium in North Leeds.

But objectors say the 175-homes development would put a “burden” on surrounding roads, public transport, and services in the area.

Councillor Jack Dunn said: “Most people support sport in our city, but not at the expense of our local green space.

“I have objected to this application on the grounds that the land at Tingley is within greenbelt and as it is not for sport or agriculture there should be no dispensation given to allow the land to be built on.

“The land is subject to flooding and it is also not sustainable by way of the local highways.

“Education facilities and the local medical facilities are already over subscribed.”

The proposals for the Headingley stadium include a new South Stand and replacement for the existing joint stand.

Coun Dunn added: “If this application was to be granted it could throw the whole forward planning process into chaos.

“It would also make a mockery of the council’s policy of putting brownfield sites first.”

The application was submitted by planning company WYG Planning.

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk for more details.

PROPOSALS FOR CITY STADIUM

The proposals for Headingley Stadium include a new rugby South Stand and a replacement for the existing joint stand, which overlooks both sides of the complex.

Rhinos plan to sell two sites - off Weetwood Avenue, Weetwood and at Old Thorpe Lane, Tingley - for housing, with the net receipts being invested into Headingley stadium redevelopment.

Unlike previous proposals, the new rugby South Stand will include seats as well as a standing terrace.

No timescale has been has been given.

Details of new facilities at the north Leeds stadium will be confirmed once planning permission is granted.

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