Plan for homes in Leeds woodland rejected after mass protest

Objectors celebrate at the site of the proposed development
Objectors celebrate at the site of the proposed development
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Campaigners are celebrating after plans for a housing development in an area of woodland were rejected.

Hundreds of people objected after the Catholic Diocese of Leeds and a private landowner submitted a joint application to build 14 homes off Gledhow Valley Road in Chapel Allerton.

And planners backed their concerns, saying the location was “unacceptable” and housing would have caused “significant harm” to the area.

Martin Calvert, chair of the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods group, which co-ordinated a campaign to block the plans, said: “Gledhow Valley Woods is an important green space, both for local people and for wildlife.

“Had this development gone ahead it would have resulted in the loss of some of the last remaining open space within the woods.

“The character of the valley would have been changed irrevocably.”

The proposals would have seen building on fields beneath the Allerton Park development.

But residents, councillors and community groups raised concerns about the impact on the woods as well as roads and local amenities.

In its written judgement, Leeds City Council’s planning committee said the distance and routes residents would have had to travel to access services were unacceptable.

It added: “The proposal would introduce a suburban development in what currently comprises a verdant and wooded character, causing significant harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area.”

Mr Calvert thanked the community for their support.