Plans to build houses on an area of greenfield land separating Leeds and Bradford look set to be approved by planning chiefs.
An application to build 18 houses on a field between Tyersal and Pudsey will go before Leeds City Council’s south and west plans panel.
And, despite the plans being located on greenfield land, a report from planning officers recommends panel members accept the application.
But the panel will discuss the viability of the site off Tyersal Close, after councillor Simon Seary (Cons, Pudsey) said the site was not allocated for housing in the council’s unitary development plan (UDP) – a document which decides where houses should be built.
This will soon be replaced with a new document called the core strategy site allocation plan, which does include the site, but has not yet been approved.
Another objector to the plan, who lives on the nearby Tyersal Avenue, wrote:
“Building on a field, whether it’s one house or 17 is inexcusable, especially as there are so many brownfield sites available.
“The would-be developers have already ploughed up a large swathe of it, destroying mature trees and disturbing wildlife.
“The arrogance is breathtaking!”
However, some locals were supporting of the plan. One neighbour wrote:
“This land has been vacant scrub land for many years I’ve lived next to it for the last 15 years and is frequently subject to fly tipping and littering.
“The proposed development will bring the land back into use, prevent fly tipping and improve the neighbourhood. It is very encouraging to see that good quality family homes are proposed for the land.”
The application will go before the panel at Civic Hall on Thursday.