Council refuses Leeds suburban development plans

Plans for housing developments in Adel have been refused by a meeting of the council plans panel today (9th October).

The submissions by developers would have seen residential development of up to 80 dwellings at land east of Otley Road, and development of up to 46 dwellings at land east of Church Lane.

Councillor Jim McKenna, Chair of the City Plans Panel, said:

“There’s a wide range of issues behind our refusal, from transport and infrastructure availability, to the presence of the Church of St John the Baptist, one of the finest examples of twelfth century church buildings in the country. These decisions show we are committed to ensuring high quality housing development takes place in reasonable locations.”

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, said:

“We’ve been listening to the local community and looking at the objections from a wide range of experts to these development proposals. 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.”

“Our priorities include planning for the provision of homes and jobs in sustainable locations, respecting local character and distinctiveness and maximising opportunities to recycle previously developed land, whilst minimising greenfield and green belt use.”

Notes for editors:

More details of the proposals can be found at: http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=947&MId=6985&Ver=4

Media contact:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3602

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