Revived Leeds medical centre proposals to be considered by planners

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Long-awaited plans to build a GP practice in a village on the edge of Leeds will be discussed by planning chiefs today. (Feb 8)

The first plan to create a medical centre, shops and homes in East Ardsley – which currently has no GP surgery – was tabled in 2005, but the developer pulled out of the deal before work began.

Revived medical centre proposals to be considered by planners

Now a fresh position statement has been submitted to Leeds City Council, for the medical centre and up to 16 homes adjacent to Fall Lane, which would also serve residents in nearby Thorpe.

The early plans, by applicant Mr S Cunningham, will be considered by members of the council’s South and West Plans Panel today. Campaigners began their latest battle for a doctor’s surgery to be built in the village in 2015, when they launched a new petition calling for the plans to be revived. They say the nearest surgeries to the villages – in Lofthouse and Tingley – are up to three miles away.

A report, prepared by council officers ahead of the planning meeting today, says the early proposals are not “policy compliant”. The position statement includes no plans for either affordable housing or a public open space, requirements according the council’s own policies.

Eight objections, two general comments, and four supporting representations have been lodged.