Pudsey Road landfill plan would harm green belt, council argues

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Council planning chiefs have rejected proposals to raise and re-grade green belt land off Pudsey Road.

Applicant C and C Development Ltd wanted to import material such as dug topsoil and crushed stone onto land to the south of Pudsey Road.

They argued the site has slumped significantly in recent years, making it difficult to safely access the land and manage it. They said that importing the material would ameliorate these issues.

But Leeds City Council planning officers refused permission, pointing to an ‘unjustified loss of a green space’. In a report, they said:

“The Local Planning Authority consider that the proposed development, by virtue of its size, scale and positioning, would harm the openness of the green belt and represents an encroachment into the green belt contrary to the purposes of Green Belt policy.”

Planning officers also said the applicant had not been demonstrated that there was a proven need for additional landfill facilities for inert waste materials. They concluded:

“The proposed development does not accord with national guidance or the adopted local development plan with regard to development in the Green Belt, development of an allocated Green Space, flood risk management, biodiversity and landscape considerations and highway safety.”

The applicant had argued that the proposal was an appropriate form of sustainable development which was supported in both national and local legislation.

View the refused proposals in full here.

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