Pudsey: Councillors to decide if family home becomes children’s care home


By John Baron

Plans to convert a semi-detached property in a Pudsey residential street into to a children’s care home will be debated by Leeds councillors next week.

Applicant Mr M Shafiq wants the proposed care home, on Chatsworth Crescent, to accommodate for three young people aged eight to 17 years old. Two members of staff would be on site at any one time.

The existing property is a five-bedroom semi-detached dwelling and its existing driveway would be used for parking by staff.

But the proposals have been met with 23 letters of objection and concerns from Councillors Amanda and Andrew Carter (Cons, Calverley & Farsley) who have expressed concerns over parking and existing problems with rat running on the busy street.

Council planning officers are recommending councillors on the south and west plans panel next Thursday (1.30pm) approve the proposals in principle, subject to a raft of planning conditions.

A report to be considered by councillors at Leeds Civic Hall concluded: “The proposal is considered to comply with both national and adopted local planning policy in terms of establishing sustainable development. The application site would operate within a use that would attract occupation and levels of noise and disturbance from comings and goings, akin to those that could reasonably and likely occur if a family resided at this address.

  1. “The size of the building and its grounds provides suitable accommodation for three residents and the on-site staff. There is sufficient on-site parking for staff and visitors and the site is located within a sustainable location.”

The full agenda and report can be found here.

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