Collingham housing plan unanimously reject by council

Aerial view of Collingham.

Aerial view of Collingham.

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The plans to build up to 150 houses on a Collinngham field have been rejected unanimously by Leeds City Council (LCC).

The city plans panel, which met yesterday, voted in front of more than 30 members of the public who sat in on the meeting to watch the vote.

There were no public speakers at the panel, however developers Miller Homes, who first submitted the proposal for the village’s Leeds Road in January 2014, sent a statement which was read out by planning officer David Little.

He said: “Miller Homes comment on the reasons for refusal and point out that in their view the application does not fail the interim PAS policy.

“They say the scale fits comfortable with the policy because it is ten hectares which is a fair point, but it is still not adjunct to the main area of settlement.

“The applicant points out there are a lot of services within easy reach of this site.

“They say the access actually can’t be bettered. The access is find but what has not been proven is that the highway network can safely accommodate the development.”

Planners listed seven reasons for refusal in a report released ahead of the meeting.

These included issues of accessibility, highway safety, site layout, and concerns about ecological impact and failing to arrange a section 106 agreement - a set of conditions to be met before planning permission is signed off.

At the meeting, Harewood Coun Rachael Procter (Con) said: “The Collingham School is full and they can’t expand any further.

“We also need to look at the doctors’ surgery and I have concerns about the flood wall, as I call it.

“How user-friendly is the flooding storage? There are going to be children and families there.”

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