Farnley: Housing plans withdrawn at ‘Tree Tops’ site

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Treetops site, Farnley
The Treetops site at Farnley could see more houses being built. Photo: Google

Plans for a further 13 houses on the ‘Tree Tops’ site off the Ring Road in Farnley have been withdrawn by developers.

The proposals, by Christopher Construction, formed the second phase of a wider scheme, which saw work start last year on six family homes on the site

The previously overgrown ‘Tree Tops’ site, off Stonebridge Avenue, was last year cleared of overgrowth and brambles, alongside the demolition of an abandoned derelict house.

The old house on the site was demolished in February 2021. Photo: Mark Stevenson

The withdrawn plans included two two-bedroom properties, and 11 three-bedroom properties. Access would be via Stonebridge Avenue. 

A council report said the ‘entire scheme is dominated by car parking and hard surfacing’. It said more information was required from developers and there were ‘fundamental issues’ to do with the layout, placemaking, amenity, outlook, space about dwellings, car parking, levels, trees, highways and public footpaths.

A design and access statement provided with the application by agent Alistair Flatman Planning has argued:

“The impact on the surrounding landscape is considered in every aspect of the design to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding area, whilst also improving the landscaping to the immediate site

“It is our opinion that this application further provides much-needed quality family accommodation to the local area and that the site and its surrounding infrastructure is more than capable of supporting it.”

It’s not known whether developers will return with a fresh application.

The original planning application can be viewed in full here.

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