Plans for 21 houses in Pudsey have been deferred, following councillors’ concerns about the ‘uninspired’ design of some of the properties.
The site, on Hare Lane, already has outline planning approval for the principle of residential development only for up to 21 units on the site of a (former) manufacturing business.
The outline approval is accompanied by legal agreement requiring improvements to Hare Lane, on-site greenspace, a replacement footpath and affordable housing.
But residents had claimed the number of houses would harm the local character of the area, have a detrimental impact on highway safety and have environmental implications.
They also said neighbouring properties will lose their privacy and outlook.
But councillors on the south and west plans panel decided to defer a decision on the proposals to allow for further negotiations with the applicant.
They want more variety in the house designs and pallet of materials, in particular reducing the amount of natural stone.
A council report recommending approval of the plans said:
“It is considered the proposal will provide good levels of habitation in an attractive and secluded setting. The housing proposed would act to improve the quality of the area above that of the existing industrial buildings.”
Councillors agreed to defer the application until November’s south and west plans panel meeting to allow for negotiations with developers Acrivarn Holdings and Mandale Homes North Yorkshire.