Decision next week on Armley Tower Works housing plans

30 August 2017

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A former industrial site in Armley could be transformed into houses and apartments, despite some local concerns.

Developers KMRE Group want to build an access road with 25 apartments and 26 three and four-bed family homes on the demolished Tower Works site, off Moorfield Road.

The site has a long history – it used to house the now demolished Leeds Meter Company, which was formed in 1931 before it became Kent Meters and then ABB Kents.

Councillors on the south and west plans panel next Thursday afternoon will decide the fate of the application.

Cllr James McKenna Armley

Objection: Cllr James McKenna

But Cllr James McKenna (Lab, Armley) has raised concerns regarding the lack of on-site green space and affordable housing. 12 letters of objection from local residents raise concerns about over development of the site, road safety, parking and impact on wildlife.

But council planning officers are recommending the plans be approved, subject to a number of conditions. In a report to be considered by councillors, officers say:

“The development is not considered to be harmful to the character and appearance of the area, nor would it have a harmful impact on highway safety and as a result.

“Whilst the development does not provide affordable housing or greenspace due to viability, this is considered, on balance,acceptable when the requirement to provide it would mean the development of much needed housing would not come forward at all.”

The report can be read in full here.

The Dispatch first reported the pproposals for the site last August.


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