“Devastating blow” as industrial site plan moves a step closer

Plans are in place to turn the 70 acre green field site on Gelderd Road into an industrial site.
Plans are in place to turn the 70 acre green field site on Gelderd Road into an industrial site.
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Work to build a 500,000 sq ft industrial estate, which would create up to 1,500 jobs, on green land between Morley and Gildersome could be set to begin.

A detailed redevelopment plan for the site has been submitted to Leeds City Council’s planning department, which would see a distribution centre, warehousing and a mix of light and heavy industrial units being built on land between Gelderd Road, Asquith Avenue and Nepshaw Lane.

The applicant, CDP Limited, has made a reserved matters application for ‘infrastructure works, including new road accesses and layouts, bulk earth workings, structural landscaping, acoustic screening and drainage works.’

The site has been subject to numerous failed planning applications since the early 2000s, and the site was acquired by CDP, part of the Marshall Group, in 2013.

A revised scheme was presented to Leeds City Council in October 2013 and the reserved matters followed quickly after formal granting of outline approval in April this year.

The proposal to build on the land was first made in 2009.

But It was strongly opposed by villagers and Gildersome Parish Council, who fought the plans for a second time in 2011.

Letters of objection were sent to Leeds City Council’s planning department on grounds such as extra traffic being brought to the area, the erosion of open green space between Morley and Gildersome and there already being a surfeit of industrial sites ini the area that remained empty.

Both times the application was refused.

Coun Pat May, a member of Gildersome Parish Council who unsuccessfully fought the proposal over the years, said: “Whatever modifications have been made to access, landscaping, acoustic screening and drainage the decision to allow the conversion of 70 acres of green fields into a massive industrial site is totally wrong.

“Nothing changes this fact. Justified objections put forward by the local community have been continually ignored by City Plans Panel.

“ It is a devastating blow for the whole community, and the landscape, environment, and quality of life will be changed forever.”