Green light for New Farnley housing development

The site is behind these homes on Whitehall Road. Photo: Google

Detailed plans for 114 homes in a field in New Farnley have been given final approval by Leeds City Council.

Developer Redrow already had outline permission to develop the site off Whitehall Road, but planning chiefs have given the green light for 114 dwellings, including layout, scale, appearance and landscaping.

Properties on site will range from one bedroom properties through to four-bedroom family homes.

Two existing detached properties off Whitehall Road will be demolished to make way for the access into the site.

The decision brings to an end a long-running planning saga. Last 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, with concerns including the loss of a green field, access and drainage.

But a council planning officer’s report published on Friday approved the plans, subject to a raft of conditions. It said:

“The proposal is considered to be well-designed and will provide an attractive and interesting development that will sit well alongside its neighbours. The proposal is therefore considered to comply with relevant policies on design and appearance.”

As WLD reported last 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.

A report published by council planning officers last June said 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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