Leeds homes scheme looks set for thumbs-down

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Controversial proposals for a major housing development on the doorstep of a village near Leeds look set to get the knockback from councillors.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, David Wilson Homes and GMI Developments have submitted an application for planning permission to build up to 700 properties to the east of Scholes.

The proposed scheme has faced widespread criticism from local residents, who say it would wreck their community’s quiet way of life.

Now the application is about to go before a meeting of a Leeds City Council plans panel next Thursday, August 28.

And a report compiled by local authority officers for the meeting recommends that councillors on the panel turn it down.

It notes that the scale of the scheme means it would represent a “substantial expansion” of the existing village.

The report also says: “There are concerns about the access arrangements proposed and the poor sustainability of the site given the infrequency of the local bus service.”

Scholes resident and community planning expert George Hall today welcomed the contents of the report.

He told the YEP: “We are obviously pleased with the findings, although we also appreciate the panel meeting is still to come.”

Details of the report have emerged days after proposals for 45 new homes to the west of Scholes were thrown out by council planners.

Yesterday the local authority’s housing policy chief, Coun Peter Gruen, separately accused developers of not building homes quickly enough to meet demand.

Asked if there was a contradiction between his comments and the line being taken on the Scholes schemes, Coun Gruen today said all applications were dealt with on a “case by case” basis.

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