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Rodley: Housing development planned for Airedale Mill site

Initial plans for up to 69 houses and a new swing bridge at Airedale Mill in Rodley have been submitted.

Developer Rodley Ltd has submitted an outline application for the empty site of the former woollen mill off Moss Bridge Road, Rodley Town Street.

They hope Leeds City Council will grant them the principle of housing on the site, which has been empty since the 1970s and is bordered by Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the River Aire.

More detailed access within the Airedale Mill site, layout and appearance of the houses would be submitted with future planning applications.

The proposals include 16 apartments, 18 split-level canal-side homes and 35 traditional properties.

A design statement submitted with the application says the development will deliver ‘much-needed’ housing and concludes:

“The proposals create a development that not only respects the site and its surroundings but also provides a high-quality and well-considered place to live.”

Access to the site is from Town Street and across a small manually-operated swing bridge which is in a state of
disrepair. The application proposes a replacement bridge which will also serve as an access point to Rodley Nature Reserve and the Rodley Cricket Club, as well as the Yorkshire Water Treatment Works.

Developers add:

“It is concluded that the proposed development will not have a detrimental impact on the local highway network and there are no reasons on highways or transport grounds why the development site should not be granted planning permission for housing.”

The planning application can be viewed in full – and commented upon – here.


  1. This is a fantastic idea because the schools down there aren’t oversubscribed, the doctors surgeries aren’t full and the roads aren’t choked with traffic? Oh – apparently it seems they are! Last thing we need then are yet more houses throwing up! Which bit of ‘our infrastructure can’t cope’ do these developers struggle with?


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