Collingham housing decision appealed

Collingham residents who are against plan for homes being built in the field next to them.  (140201M1)
Collingham residents who are against plan for homes being built in the field next to them. (140201M1)

An appeal has been launched against the decision to reject plans to build 150 houses on a Collingham field.

Unanimously refused by Leeds City Council (LCC) plans panel in October 2014, the scheme from Miller Homes for Leeds Road in Collingham is now up for discussion again.

There were more than 500 letters of objection lodged against the plans, highlighting local concerns with access, sustainability, and the character of existing developments.

Harewood Coun Rachel Procter (Con) voted against the proposal, and, responding to the appeal, she said: “It is all to do with all the site allocations process, which will be done by May next year, so it is a bit of a gamble.

“That said, we don’t change our position, it is still too early before the site allocation is finished and we are sufficiently able to fulfil the needs of housing elsewhere, and this is not the right site either. I am very worried about it.”

Harewood Coun Ann Castle (Con) also objected and added: “I’m disappointed but not surprised that Miller Homes have gone to appeal.

“I believe that the site is totally unsuitable for housing, partly because of the flooding issues and partly because I fear it would be the start of ribbon development, joining together some of the villages in my ward.”

This is not the first time Miller Homes have challenged a decision from LCC, as an appeal against the rejection of plans to build in Boston Spa has been called in for review by the Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles.

The housebuilder has a case in the High Court scheduled for March 2015 against the council’s policy on protected areas.

There is another planning application currently pending permission at LCC for Collingham, with public comments to be made by January 13, 2015.

The proposed development, submitted by David Robinson from Hampshire for land off Main Street, is a poultry farm for about 4,000 chickens.

According to a report compiled by agents Kernon Countryside Consultants Ltd, permission is sought for associated buildings.

For a full report on this application, see the Wetherby News on January 15, 2015.