Family homes refused planning off Rodley Roundabout

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This land next to Oaklands Hand Car Wash at Rodley Roundabout could have become housing. Photo: Google

‘Poorly designed’ and ‘inappropriate’ plans for seven new detached family houses on disused and overgrown land off Rodley Roundabout have been refused planning permission.

Mr Zaffar Iqbal applied to build the four-bedroom homes next to Oaklands Service Station, off the Outer Ring Road. 

But 35 letters of objection were received, including objection comments from Calverley & Farsley councillors Andrew Carter and Peter Carlill. The main concerns surrounded access onto the Ring Road near the busy junction, as well as overdevelopment and the dominance of the proposed houses.

A Leeds City Council planning officer’s report refused the application, stating: “The Local Planning Authority considered the proposals represent a poor design and over development with a contrived and constrained layout. The design and typology of the proposed properties is considered inappropriate for the context of the existing area.

“The proposals are considered to create excessive bulk and mass with a confused appearance providing inadequate space about the dwellings.”

Similar plans for eight detached houses were withdrawn by the same developer last August, following a number of objections.

A planning statement by the applicant accompanying the application had stated: “The proposed development site is a vacant and derelict parcel of land. It offers an opportunity to bring it into effective use by the construction of seven dwellings, which would enhance the local environment and contribute towards the Leeds strategy for housing.”

The plans and associated reports can be viewed in full here.

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