Decision day for OAP Leeds flats plan

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plans for a block of older people’s flats in Horsforth will be decided on next week.

Leeds City Council has received 60 objections to the proposals for 11 apartments and two attached houses at Flower Court, Burley Lane, on land owned by the local authority,

Locals have expressed particular concerns about traffic and parking, and potential damage to local wildlife and woodland.

They say that the area already suffers from congestion issues which will be made worse by the scheme.

A report to be considered by a plans panel at Leeds Civic Hall next week says objectors feel there are other sites in Horsforth which are “more suitable” for housing.

It adds the building design is “oppressive” and the area would actually benefit from the site becoming a play area instead.

An earlier blueprint for the scheme involved 15 flats and nine houses but was amended to allow for the retention of nearby green space and trees.

However objectors say the plan is still “over dominant” and the changes made are “marginal and don’t address objections”.

Council officers are recommending that the panel approves the scheme.

Their report notes that the parking facilities included - 17 spaces for the 11 flats - are “sufficient” for residents and visitors and refusing the plan would be “difficult to defend at appeal”. The report concludes: “It is acknowledged that the scheme does have some negatives in that it involves the loss of some open land and a number of trees.

“However this has to be balanced by the fact that the proposal is for affordable social houses which is a need within the locality.

“The scheme will also improve an area of unmaintained amenity space which will have a positive benefit on both the trees remaining on site and ecology.”