Green light for Leeds homes - but ‘no current plan’

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The demolition of Moortown Fire Station to make way for new homes has been approved – despite there not being a plan to shut the site.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service applied for outline permission to create up to 12 homes on Stonegate Road as part of an idea to move operations from the area, as well as from the Cookridge station, to a new site.

However, the plan was submitted before Leeds City Council’s North East Plan Panel rejected proposals for the new site at Moor Allerton last April.

Even though the application was approved by the council last week, WYFRS has emphasised that there are no plans to close the Moortown station.

Area manager for service support, Ian Bitcon, said: “The North East Planning Panel of Leeds City Council voted against the principle of the planning application that had been submitted with regards to the proposed new fire station at Moor Allerton.

“Following this the Executive Committee of the Fire and Rescue Authority determined to withdraw that planning application on the 15th May and for the Fire and Rescue Service to consider alternative proposals, which it is doing at the moment.

“No firm decision has yet been taken and it is anticipated that any revised plans will go out for consultation in September before a final decision in December.

“With this in mind, and given that the application for the land at Moortown had previously been submitted, it would have been unduly hasty to withdraw the application which could be required dependant on the final option for the provision of emergency cover in North Leeds.

“It must be emphasised that there are currently no plans to close Moortown Fire Station, but rather that all options are being considered.”

The station has two-storey offices and a drill tower.

A campaign was started in late 2015 to save the site from closure.