Plans for 114 Morley homes put on hold

Greenfield land off Wide Lane.

Greenfield land off Wide Lane.

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Controversial plans to build more than 100 homes on greenfield land in Morley have been delayed.

Leeds City Council’s planning committee met last week and decided to defer plans for land on Owler’s Farm, off Wide Lane, to be developed into 114 homes.

The site was granted outline planning permission earlier this year.

The reserved matters application, submitted by developer Persimmon Homes, set out practical matters of access, layout and drainage.

A report to the meeting, which recommended the application subject to conditions, said the proposed development was “considered to provide a suitable setting and character for its location” and it “does not raise any significant harm regarding its impact on local character or highway safety”.

But members at the meeting, on October 2 raised issues with the application which included the placement of the allocated affordable homes, the required green space provided on the site and site management plans amid concerns over noise and disruption.

Coun Robert Finnigan, who attended the meeting and opposes the plans, said: “We didn’t want this development in the first place.

“ But if it has to go ahead we want the best deal for Morley and its people. We want them to treat the people of Morley with the respect they deserve.”

Persimmon Homes have been developing a site on Daisy Hill in Churwell and residents there raised concerns over the way the site has been managed, in particular with noise and wagons obstructing roads.

Coun Finnigan added: “We want to make sure Persimmon can be good neighbours.”

Persimmon homes are expected to amend their application and hold another meeting with planning officers in the next four weeks.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes, said: “Following the outcome of the meeting we are liaising with the council’s planning officers to review the issues raised in respect of affordable homes and open space and are confident these issues will be resolve in due course.”