New homes in west Leeds look set to be approved

Land off Calverley Lane, in Farsley.
Land off Calverley Lane, in Farsley.
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Proposals to build dozens of new homes on a field just off the Ring Road in west Leeds look set to be given the green light.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed last year that plans had been submitted to build up to 70 new homes on a field off Calverley Lane, in Farsley.

The proposed development is just across the road from Kirklees Knoll, which could see nearly 400 new homes built on the site if a planning appeal is successful.

Members of Farsley Residents Action Group and local residents opposed the scheme which was revealed by Gaunts Limited Commercial Properties and Ian Driver.

Objectors said they had concerns over the impact of traffic on Town Street, Calverley Lane and the Ring Road as well as a lack of capacity in the local infrastructure.

They claim the narrowing of Calverley Lane would create parking problems which will only be made worse if the Kirklees Knoll site is also developed.

But a report to members of the City Plans Panel, who are set to meet today, said the scheme should be approved subject to the signing of additional conditions.

They include the provision of affordable housing, a contribution towards education and public transport.

It adds that £40,000 should be contributed towards improvements at Rodley Roundabout.

The report said: “The development will impact on views from housing on Beech Lees, but this is not a planning consideration.

“Whilst the application is in outline, the indicative layout clearly demonstrates that, with the imposition of appropriate conditions and careful consideration of detailed design issues at reserved matters stage, the site can be developed in a way that complies with council policies.”

The report adds there are no material objections to the development of the site that “could be the subject of reasons for refusal that would stand up in appeal.”

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