Former west Leeds quarry site all set for go-ahead for new housing

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the site of a former 19th century sandstone quarry in west Leeds - which has been the subject of several failed development bids over almost a decade - is set to be turned into homes.

Leeds city council planning chiefs are expected to give the go-ahead for 12 new semi detached houses on the derelict pocket of land on Half Mile Lane in Stanningley.

An application in 2007 for 10 three bedroom and four four-bedroom houses was refused.

An earlier planning application in 2006 for a medical centre was also rejected.

A report to be presented to a plans panel this week recommends approval of the project, subject to the signing of a community contributions package by the developer.

“Historical maps indicate that in the mid 19th century the application site was in use as a sandstone quarry,” the report says. “This use appeared to have ceased by the late 19th century and the site was subsequently backfilled.

“At present the land is disused and has an overgrown and unkempt appearance. However until recently the site was used as a paddock for grazing horses and formed an attractive visual amenity for surrounding residents.”

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