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Warning on 'done deal' on Bramhope housing
10:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in Local news
Plans to build hundreds of homes at Bramhope have been condemned by the parish council amid warnings of dire consequences.
Bramhope and Carlton Parish Council says it is appalled by the actions of the developer Miller Homes, who wants to build 375 house on a site off Breary Lane East.
In a strongly worded statement, council chairman Denis Johnson says the developers appear to be trying to pre-empt the Leeds City Council planning exercise to allocate land for housing up to 2028. “Any public consultation at this stage is premature and seems to be an attempt to persuade the public that a development is a ‘done deal’ and will go ahead,” he said.
Coun Johnson stressed: “There have already been two public meetings in Bramhope on the site allocations process attended by over 300 residents. The meetings made it very clear that a development of the kind suggested by Miller Homes would be extremely unwelcome. “Bramhope would increase by over 30 per cent, radically changing the character of this village. Vital green belt land would be lost for ever. Local infrastructure could not sustain such an increase.
“The A660, already the most heavily loaded artery into Leeds would grind to a standstill.” He said the land proposed by Miller Homes for building was not currently allocated for housing.
Part of it is designated as a protected area of search land, where development would not be considered before 2016 and part of it is green belt land where development would not be considered, he said.
Coun Johnson stressed: “We take the view that it would be a travesty and a circumvention of the democratic process if any development were to be permitted anywhere on land ahead of the finally approved site allocations in 2015.”
But the developers say it will bring benefits to the area including parkland, ponds and a convenience store, as well as ease the housing shortage in Leeds.
Tim Williams, strategic land manager for Miller Homes, said: “At present Leeds has a significant shortfall of housing and we believe that our proposed development of high-quality family homes will help reduce this.
“We are also aware of concerns regarding traffic in the area and have proposals to address these.”
The company is holding a public consultation and drop-in session in the clubroom of West Park Leeds RUFC, The Sycamores, Bramhope, on Tuesday, October 1, between 3pm and 7pm.
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