Proposal for industrial site gets go-ahead

Land on Gelderd Road where a massive business park and distribution centre is planned. (17020901)
Land on Gelderd Road where a massive business park and distribution centre is planned. (17020901)

Plans to build industrial warehouses on 70 acres of greenfield land between Morley and Gildersome have been given an apparently final stamp of approval by Leeds City Council.

The move comes after years of opposition from parish councillors and residents in Gildersome to the plans, which were first mooted as early as 2001.

Two previous proposals to build on the land had each been rejected in 2009 and 2011 but now the City Plans Panel has agreed to development firm Marshall CDP’s submissions to build an 80 bay distribution centre and industrial warehouses on the area between Dean Wood on Asquith Avenue and Gelderd Road.

Coun Pat May of Gildersome Parish Council voiced her frustrations, claiming that the local community were given just three minutes to present their case at a Plans Panel meeting and added that the decision was based on “money, power and politics.”

She said: “Communities don’t have a voice when it comes to issues like this. The council pays lip service to it but there have been plenty of meetings between themselves and CDP which we and local residents were not invited to.”

Coun May added that she had written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in a bid to have the decision taken up to central government, as he did with a planning application for a travellers site at Cottingley Springs last year.

“I’m not prepared to give up yet and I know others in Gildersome aren’t either. Despite all these concerns, they just walk away from it and leave Gildersome with the devastation of their decision.”

It has also emerged that had the application gone through after April, changing council regulations would have resulted in Gildersome Parish Council receiving a cut of around £70,000 of the income made from the site.

Marshall CDP declined to comment when contacted by the Observer & Advertiser.