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Decision day looms for housing plans at Stonebridge Mills

Plans to build new homes on the Grade II Listed Stonebridge Mills site in Farnley will be decided next Thursday.

Councillors last month delayed a decision on the proposals to convert nine existing buildings into 30 homes, and build 82 new houses on the decaying mill site off Stonebridge Lane in Farnley.

The delay followed concerns about the design of the properties with integral garages, the extent of the Mill Pond proposed for demolition, and the lack of on-site affordable housing.

A council planning officer’s report, which recommends the south and west plans panel approve the scheme, says the developer is reluctant to alter the properties’ design but has promised to save more of the mill pond area. There is still disagreement over the amount of affordable housing on the site.

Councillors will consider the proposals again at the south and west plans panel next Thursday in Leeds Civic Hall.

Local councillors Ann and David Blackburn (Green, Farnley & Wortley) have objected to the latest proposals, along with five further objections from residents. Concerns include the impact on wildlife and the natural environment and the loss of historic buildings on a sensitive site.

The four Listed buildings on the site are on the Leeds City Council’s city-wide ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.

The site was previously earmarked as a potential site for a new Tesco supermarket, until the plans were scrapped due to the economic downturn.


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