Emmerdale set tours plan is given go-ahead

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Plans to allow visitor tours on the set of Emmerdale - which sits on the Harewood estate - have been given the go-ahead by Leeds planning chiefs.

As revealed in the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this week, there had been a number of objections from locals in the Harewood area, with many fearing it would massively increase traffic flow, as well as encroaching on Green Belt land.

The Woolpack Pub. Joseph Scanlon/ITV/PA Wire

The Woolpack Pub. Joseph Scanlon/ITV/PA Wire

However Leeds City Council’s North and East plans panel yesterday green-lighted the tours.

The meeting heard that the attraction - which will operate coach tours at weekends when filming is not taking place - will boost the local economy but also bring added “kudos” for the city.

The backing from councillors was not universal. Coun Graham Latty said: “If somebody wanted to drive buses across my ward...they’d have a heck of a job getting it through”.

However panel chairman Neil Walshaw pointed out “it’s not‘Emmerdale World’ - it’s two buses an hour”.

And coun Stuart McKenna added: “We should be passing this with flying colours.” He joked that security during the tours - which could start next month - should be enhanced, and bad-boy character Robert Sugden “should be kept away from visitors”.