Planning chiefs to decide future of former north Leeds plant nursery site

Plans to build a large detached house on the site of a former plant nursery are set to go before Leeds planning chiefs next week.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 5:37 pm
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 5:40 pm

The former Chevin Nurseries site in Carlton Lane, Yeadon, is subject to an application to build a single two-storey five bedroom house.

One local councillor has warned the plans may cause traffic problems, adding that the site is in the green belt and should not be developed.

But others supporting the application argue the now-derelict site has become a magnet for antisocial behaviour, and that a house on the site would be far preferable.

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The former Chevin Nurseries site in 2019. (Credit: Google Maps)

A document prepared by Leeds City Council officers added: “There will be a very large garden to the rear which will measure 80 metres in length. The main materials to be used will be natural stone, natural stone slates and elements of timber cladding.

“The front elevation will be punctuated with long narrow vertical windows whilst the rear elevation will be predominately glazed.”

The site formerly housed a plant nursery, the majority of which was covered by greenhouses. These were demolished when the site closed in 2017.

All that remains on the site is a single greenhouse and the metal frames for two polytunnels.

The report states Coun Colin Campbell (Lib Dem) objects to the plans, claiming the site is in the green belt and therefore contrary to national and local policy.

He said the nearest shops were half a mile away, with no nearby public transport links and no safe walking route, meaning car usage would potentially increase.

However, letters of support say that since the closure of the nursery, the site has attracted antisocial behaviour.

They add that the site is now an eyesore and that there was more potential car usage on nearby roads when the nursery was open.

Council officers have recommended members of the committee approve the plans, adding: “The proposed dwelling is acceptable in terms of being an infill plot in the green belt and complying with policy H2 of the Core Strategy.

“The proposal is a sympathetic design and style, will not lead to a significantly harmful impact in relation to neighbouring amenity, and will allow for sufficient outdoor amenity and car parking provision.

“Subject to the conditions outlined at the beginning of this report, and taking into account all the relevant planning policy and material considerations, the proposal is recommended for a planning approval.”

Leeds City Council’s South and West Plans Panel will meet to discuss the plans on Thursday, December 10.