Best use of Morley land is for employment

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A councillor has submitted his objections to a planning application for around 115 new homes in Morley.

The application, submitted by Barratt Homes, would see the houses built on the site of a Highways Agency compound off Scott Hall Lane, near Bruntcliffe Road.

Coun Neil Dawson has objected to the development saying he believes it would contradict the agreed Local Development Framework for the area.

The land on which Barratt Homes are proposing to build has been allocated by Leeds City Council as a site for possible future use for employment purposes, which Coun Dawson agreed would be the best use of the site.

Coun Dawsonhas expressed his concerns that Barratt Homes want to use the site for housing as it was one of the few in Morley set aside for employment use.

The outline planning application is closed for comments, but residents can still view the proposal. A final decision has to be made on the proposal by March.

Coun Dawson said: “This application completely goes against the site allocation plan for the area. with very few areas in Morley allocated for employment use I am hopeful that planning permission for housing on this site will be refused. There needs to be adequate available space for employment opportunities in the area to help provide the necessary jobs for the future and I will continue to object to any other type of planning proposal for this and other similar sites in the area.”