Decision day looms for supported housing development plans

cockshott lane development
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Plans for a new supported housing development on the derelict site of a former pub in Cockshott Lane in Armley will be decided by councillors this week.

The plans were first submitted more than a year ago and saw developers apply to build 11 private three-bed houses.

Proposals also include two blocks of ‘supported living’ housing made up of a block of four bungalows with staff facilities and one block of 13 flats with one staff accommodation unit.

The plans are on the site of the former Wyther Hotel Public House, which was demolished in 2004 and is now overgrown. The back section is a former bowling green which is also now unused and overgrown.

The houses would be a mix of private and social housing, with the houses intended for the open market and the flats to be managed by a housing association. Residents of the supported living accommodation would typically have a range of additional needs such as physical disability, sensory impairment or autism spectrum disorders.

Developers say the development will deliver supported housing in a sustainable location and add:

“There would be economic benefits associated with the development, in terms of direct and indirect jobs during the construction period, spending within the construction industry supply chain and spending by future residents in local shops.”

Council planning officers are recommending councillors approve the plans in principle and delegate final approval to the chief planning officer, subject to negotiating a raft of conditions including a £25,888 greenspace off-site contribution and the safeguarding of trees on the site.

The plans will be decided at the south and west plans panel meeting on Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 11am. The agenda and live webcast can be found here.


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