Battle cry ahead of new Leeds planning inquiry

Developers have lodged an appeal to build hundreds of new homes in a Leeds suburb.

Members of Leeds City Council's Plans Panel West recently opposed the move to build up to 550 houses on the former Clariant and Riverside Mills sites in Horsforth.

But now, a Government Inspector is set to hear the week-long appeal at Leeds Civic Hall at the end of the year.

Local residents are now being urged to make sure that they make their voices heard over the scheme. Planning officers had received more than 160 objections against the proposed development next to the ring road during the planning process.

But Councillor Chris Townsley (Lib Dem, Horsforth) has warned residents to make sure that they have had their say.

He said: "We have really got to show a united front on this.

"It is so important because it is clear that we can’t cope with much more traffic on the roads."

He added: “We want to try and get as many people backing this battle cry to let planners know.

"This issue is coming to the bitter end now because over just one week, somebody will decide whether it is given the go ahead or not."

A previous planning hearing was told that developer Harrow Estates, part of housebuilder Redrow, proposed to pay towards a new bus service, road improvements, Metrocards for 60 per cent of residents and money for primary education.

But councillors threw out the plans because of the impact it would have on the area.

Coun Townsley added: "Developers have got to start looking further afield and should not just be trying to cram new homes in.

"You can’t shoe-horn them in places where they can't possibly work.

"There are plenty of other brownfield sites available across the city."

Leeds City Council has lost a series of appeals brought by developers over the last few months.

In some cases, costs were even awarded against the council, which now faces legal bills running into tens of thousands of pounds.

But planning appeal inspectors have repeatedly rejected the council's case and ruled in favour of the developers.


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