Relief for locals as homes plan for Leeds ‘beauty spot’ is thrown out

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Campaigners are celebrating after plans for a major housing development in Adel, which residents feared would ruin a cherished beauty spot, were thrown out by planning chiefs.

A Leeds city council planning panel agreed the plans for scores of homes on a split site in Otley Road, on land east of Church Lane, were not in a reasonable location. The land sits opposite a Grade I listed 12th century church,

A meeting of the City Plans Panel heard that the site was near “historically significant land that needs to be protected” and granting the application would cause “significant harm to the historic character of Adel”.

Dozens of locals packed into the planning meeting - and clapped and cheered as the panel voted unanimously to reject the scheme.

The meeting was told there was no shortage of housing in the area, and building on the site was “premature “in the context of emerging planning policies.

A representative for the developers asked for an adjournment of the decision so that the application could be amended to allay concerns.

However councillors
decided to throw out the plans outright.

Councillor Elizabeth Nash said: “Visitors from all over the world come to see Adel church. The new development is rather undignified and brutal. This should be the last site that we should be thinking about [developing].

Councillor Peter Gruen said: “We have a clear council belief that the city needs to have new homes over coming years, but we are equally clear that we want to make sure housing is provided in the right places at the right times.”

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