Leeds medical centre plan concerns

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Proposals to build a GP practice in a village on the edge of Leeds have been discussed by councillors.

The early plans to create a medical centre, shops and homes in East Ardsley were presented to members of Leeds City Council’s South and West Plans Panel on Thursday.

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It comes 13 years after the first plan for the village - which currently has no GP surgery - was tabled in 2005, but the developer pulled out of the deal before work began.

However, members of the panel last week raised concerns over the new position statement when it was presented. It outlines proposals for a medical centre and up to 16 homes adjacent to Fall Lane, which would also serve residents in nearby Thorpe.

But the position statement includes no plans for either affordable housing or a public open space, which are requirements according the council’s own policies.

Speaking after the meeting Coun Salma Arif, who sits on the panel, said: “The consensus across the board was really that it was not an attractive scheme.”

She said the developer did not attend the meeting.

Coun Arif added: “It was a position statement so there was no decision to be made but looking at it we were uncomfortable with the application.

“The officer is going to go back and engage with the developer and see what comes out of it.”

The plans, lodged by applicant Mr S. Cunningham, can now be revised or submitted as an official planning application.

Eight objections, two general comments, and a further four supporting representations based on proposals were lodged with the council before the meeting took place last week.

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