More than 200 objections to 'H-shaped' complex for over 55s in Meanwood

Plans to build a new complex of flats for over-55s in north Leeds are set to go before decision-makers next week.

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 3:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 3:38 pm

The plans, which include 58 apartments near Grove Lane, Meanwood would, claim developers, provide extra care for older people in the community.

However, the application has had 284 objections from locals, many of whom claim the development would lead to extra pressures on infrastructure and a loss of green space in the area.

The development would include access from Grove Lane across land that sits adjacent to the Grove Park Care Home and is currently used as a car park.

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Artist's impression of the structure.

Apartments would be housed in a “H” shaped building located centrally on the site, and would also contain “communal elements”, including a communal terrace, lounge and dining room spaces, and mobility scooter storage. Proposals also include kitchen and toilet facilities, bin store and a

further terrace to the front of the proposed building.

A report by council licensing officers claimed the “H” shape of the buildings was the result of discussions with officers who were concerned a single large mass would be visually intrusive.

According to the report, local councillors put in an objection to the plans, claiming, the report states: “The application is wholly inappropriate in this very important green corridor for our constituents destroying green space and removing an unobstructed view between our ward and the Meanwood Valley.

“The design and massing of the buildings is wholly inappropriate when

compared to the nearby residential area. The location has congestion issues and poor air quality during peak periods. This will exacerbate these problems.

“The loss of green space is wholly inappropriate given the council’s

declaration of Climate Emergency.”

However, despite the concerns, planning officers recommended that the plans were acceptable in principle, and that permission should be given subject to affordable housing provision and extra money for nearby transport and landscaping schemes.

The north and west plans panel will meet on Thursday, August 13.