Plans to build new homes on the Grade II Listed Stonebridge Mills site in Farnley have been approved in principle.
Councillors last month delayed a decision on the proposals to convert nine existing buildings into 30 homes, and build 82 new houses on the decaying mill site off Stonebridge Lane in Farnley.
The delay followed concerns about the design of the properties with integral garages, the extent of the Mill Pond proposed for demolition, and the lack of on-site affordable housing.
Members of the south and west plans panel approved the proposals, subject to a raft of planning conditions, affordable housing provision and community contributions by the developer.
A council planning officer’s report said the developer was reluctant to alter the properties’ design but has promised to save more of the mill pond area. There was still disagreement over the amount of affordable housing on the site.
Local councillors Ann and David Blackburn (Green, Farnley & Wortley) have objected to the latest proposals, along with five further objections from residents. Concerns include the impact on wildlife and the natural environment and the loss of historic buildings on a sensitive site.
The four Listed buildings on the site are on the Leeds City Council’s city-wide ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.
The site was previously earmarked as a potential site for a new Tesco supermarket, until the plans were scrapped due to the economic downturn.
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