Planners throw out west Leeds homes plan

OPPOSED: Campaigners, from left, David Hanson, Rick Amos, Ruth Hanson, Bob Kidd, and Elspeth Taylor.
OPPOSED: Campaigners, from left, David Hanson, Rick Amos, Ruth Hanson, Bob Kidd, and Elspeth Taylor.
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Campaigners are celebrating after an appeal was rejected to build new homes on one of Horsforth’s oldest roads.

Developer Redrow launched an appeal after Leeds City Council planners threw out plans to build 34 homes on Outwood Lane.

But a Government planning inspector said the proposals would fail to preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area at the site.

Campaigners celebrated victory almost 13 years ago when they won their battle to stop developer Redrow building homes on the site in Horsforth.

And now they are hoping the land will be safe from future development following the latest ruling.

Councillor Chris Townsley (Lib Dem, Horsforth) said: “We fought and fought.

“It has been refused twice now so we hope that the developers won’t come back again. We are preserving green fields.”

Coun Brian Cleasby (Lib 
Dem, Horsforth) added: “The decision made by the inspector is correct and justifies the hard work.”

Campaigners recently packed into Leeds Civic Hall for a public inquiry.

A report from the planning inspector following the hearing said: “I consider that the proposal would fail to preserve the 
underlying character and appearance of the conservation area.

“However, whilst I accept that the proposal would 
deliver a number of benefits, particularly with regard to housing, I consider that they 
would not be sufficient to outweigh the considerable costs which would be imposed on the historic and natural environment. “