Objectors step up Leeds homes fight

The proposed site on Calverley Lane.
The proposed site on Calverley Lane.
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CAMPAIGNERS have issued a rallying cry as planners look set to give the go-ahead to build 550 new homes in Leeds.

Members of Ward, the new organisation representing community groups along the A65 and in Otley, are calling for objectors to attend the panel meeting tomorrow at Leeds Civic Hall.

Around 550 new homes could be built off Calverley Lane, in Horsforth, at the former Clariant, pictured, and Riverside Mills sites.

Developer Harrow Estates, part of housebuilder Redrow, has proposed to pay towards a new bus service, road improvements, Metrocards for 60 per cent of residents and money for primary education.

Council officers are recommending that the plans be approved.

But more than 160 objections have been sent from local residents, councillors, and the local MP about the impact the development would have on the area.

Ward chairman David Ingham said: “There is already planning permission for 2,500 new dwellings in the area, including over 1,000 just down the road at Kirkstall.

“Until these are built and we know the effect on local roads an application such as this should be rejected out of hand.”

Objectors claim that the road network is choked with traffic and that congestion would get worse if the development was to be given the green light.

Clive Woods from Aireborough Civic Society added: “We think all those who are concerned about the local environment and the problem of overdevelopment in our area should attend and hear what Leeds planners have to say.”

The planning officer’s report, which will be debated at the Plans Panel West meeting, said: “Overall, planning officers conclude that there would be advantages to a well-planned residential led scheme and that residential development may be acceptable in principle, subject to the applicant satisfying the local planning authority that the site can be made sustainable through the package of measures offered.”

The meeting at Leeds Civic Hall is due to start at around 1.30pm.


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