Leeds City Council rejects Valley Road travellers site

APPLICATION REJECTED The proposed site in Valley Road.
APPLICATION REJECTED The proposed site in Valley Road.

A controversial travellers site proposed for Valley Road has been turned down.

Leeds City Council said it refused the application due to problems with road safety, contamination and drainage.

Coun Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “These Core Strategy plans were recently commended by a planning inspector and were developed in partnership with Leeds GATE and in line with government guidance. They offer an opportunity to provide facilities which best meet the needs of the whole community, providing value for money and setting out a longer term provision of sites which can be used.

“Originally plans were submitted which proposed 55 pitches, 40 car parking spaces and associated buildings. Although this has been revised to 36 pitches, the plans are still unsuitable and Leeds City Council cannot accept them for a wide range of reasons. As a council we are firmly committed to delivering on our obligations for Gypsies and Travellers. However, this site is wholly unsuitable, being contaminated and without sufficient infrastructure to make any potential site viable.

“There have also been a wide range of views expressed by local people, councillors and others, as well as GATE. We have taken all these into account, and the application has therefore not been successful.”

The council said it will continue to consider applications for its Core Strategy, which it said identified a need for 62 new sites by 2028.