Homes plans to go before city council in summer

Objectors to a controversial 150-home development for Collingham are declaring a minor victory after the scheme was delayed in going before city council planners.

The proposal from Miller Homes for land off the A58 was due to be discussed on Tuesday but will now go before Leeds City Council in the summer.

Collingham Residents Action Group (CRAG) member and Harewood Road resident Jeff Forrest said: “The planning application by Millers has not been heard this week.

“This is due to a number of reasons, not least the amount and quality of objections and submissions that have been submitted by the residents of Collingham.

“Millers also have to review a number of aspects of their application following comments by several of the authorities involved.”

He said that a number of issues were being looked into including whether Leeds City Council failed to carry out proper environmental studies and that the Leeds Core Strategy examination has been reconvened for two days in May.

Additionally there is to be a Leeds civic meeting when the council and developers will debate whether to increase the number of houses to be built in Leeds over the next five years.

A spokesman from Miller Homes said: “The Council has requested an extension of time to consider our planning application and we have agreed to this.”

CRAG objectors say claim that Miller Homes are extremely fookish for planning to build on flood land.

But the building company has defended their scheme saying that it aims to carry out work which will reduce flood risk in the whole area.

A recent public meeting attracted hundreds of concerned residents who were joined by MP Alec Shelbrooke and local councillors.

Commenting on the deferrment Alec said: “At our public meeting a few months ago, we made a pledge as a community to rally together in objection to this application.

“It’s testament to the coordination of the local action group and local ward councillors that so many objections have been received on this application. We must now keep up the pressure as we call on the council to reject this application and I’ll be contacting the action group in due course to determine how best to do this.”

Mr Forrest added: “Despite this temporary delay in decision we are intending to keep active.”

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