Rhinos development plan for 170 houses in Tingley steps up

Coun Jack Dunn pictured with Ian Leathley and Russell Barugh at the site.
Coun Jack Dunn pictured with Ian Leathley and Russell Barugh at the site.

An estate of up to 170 homes could be built in Tingley on land owned by Leeds Rhinos, sold to pay for upgrades at Headingley Stadium.

The application, by WYG Planning, has now been submitted to Leeds City Council’s planning department to build the housing development on land off Old Thorpe Lane.

Objectors say the development, which would help fund a revamp of the stadium’s north and south stands, would put a “burden” on surrounding roads, public transport, and services in the areas.

Coun Jack Dunn said: “I have objected on the grounds that the land at Tingley is within greenbelt and as the application is not for sport or agriculture there should be no dispensation given to allow the land to be built on.

“The land is subject to flooding and it is also not sustainable by way of the local highways. Education facilities and the local medical facilities are already over subscribed.

“If this application was to be granted it could throw the whole forward planning process into chaos. It would also make a mockery of the council’s policy of ‘brown sites first.’

“Most people support sport in our city, but not at the expense of our local green space.”

Headingley Stadium needs upgrades in order for the city to retain an international cricket ground status.

It is used by Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team.

Coun Dunn said he now hopes people will be encouraged to write to the planning department to air their views.

The application in full can be viewed here.