Third time lucky for Leeds homes plan?

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A DEVELOPER will be hoping it is third time lucky when proposals for new homes in Garforth go before council planners.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Volfortis Investments Ltd failed earlier this year with an application for permission to build 11 flats on a former depot site in Green Lane.

The developer was subsequently told that a slimmed-down version of the scheme comprising nine flats could not be supported due to concerns over layout and parking arrangements.

Now Volfortis has radically changed its proposals and is seeking permission to put up five houses at Green Lane. The new scheme will be considered at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s north and east plans panel taking place on Thursday, December 3.

A council report compiled for panel members recommends that, subject to a number of building conditions, the development should be approved.

However, opposition still exists to the scheme, with Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth and Swillington) among its most vocal critics.

He told the YEP: “Despite the scaling back to five houses I cannot support this application. The area already floods due to inadequate drainage and when you add this to the parking issues around nearby East Garforth station this application can only add strain to an already creaking infrastructure. I’ll be making the case at plans panel.”

Three of the houses in the proposed development would have four bedrooms while the other two would be two-bedroomed.

The council report says they would be in “detached and semi-detached arrangements” fronting onto Green Lane in an area that is “predominantly residential”.

It also says the “proposed scheme is not considered to result in harm to the visual amenity of the site or the character of the area”.