Controversial plans for a housing development in Bramhope have been submitted.

And the developer is stressing that the village will benefit from the scheme to build four houses on the Leeds Road site.

Matthew Brooke, from Bramhope Assets, said: “We have been working hard with a team of experts including conservation planners, ecologists, aboriculturalists, landscape designers and our architectural design team to prepare documents and plans suitable for submission to Leeds City Council. The application will seek full planning permission for the construction of four detached family houses with access, landscaping and a new boundary wall on the land.

“As well as the construction of four houses, the proposals will also provide off-site improvements to the landscaping and function of the adjacent land, which the parish council are seeking to promote as a mini-park. Enhancements could include public art, improvements to hard surfacing, a seating area and additional native planting. These enhancements would go some way to the parish council’s vision, and ensure a usable and pleasant informal recreation space for the community in Bramhope.”

The application has been submitted to Leeds City Council, and the developers are encouraging residents to send any constructive comments to the planning department.

Earlier this year the developers were accused of “vandalising” the conservation area by fencing off the land beside Leeds Road at the Wynmore Avenue end of the Jubilee Copse ribbon park.

The chairman of Bramhope Parish Council, Councillor Denis Johnson said the privately-owned land was a natural part of the park and that the parish council had made several attempts to buy the land but without success.