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Fresh twist in long-running planning saga as developer submits new housing plans in Farnley

Developers behind controversial proposals to build more than 100 properties in a field in New Farnley have submitted fresh plans.

Developer Redrow already has outline permission to develop the site off Whitehall Road and submitted detailed plans for 121 homes last September, which include internal road layouts and housing design.

Two months ago, Redrow decided to appeal against the council’s failure to decide the application and the proposal is set to be decided by an independent planning inspector.

But in a new twist, Redrow has now submitted a fresh application to Leeds City Council for the site, featuring slightly scaled back plans for 114 dwellings on the site.

The housing is made up of:

  • Four one-bed dwellings
  • 35 two-bed dwellings
  • 31 three-bed dwellings
  • 44 four-bed dwellings

The scheme provides 17 affordable units.

The latest plans can be read here.

As WLD reported in June, council planning chiefs were locked in talks with Redrow over concerns including the mix of housing types, the lack of agreement over affordable housing and the need for more on-site green space.

In March, more than 80 people packed into New Farnley Community Centre to debate the proposals with council planning officers. The plans attracted hundreds of objections at outline planning stage.

A report published in June by council planning officers says the site has been allocated for housing in the council’s Site Allocation Plan blueprint and that development is supported in principle, subject to all other material planning considerations.

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