The Red Row site at Stocks’ former depot on Ninelands Lane was approved for 241 houses by Leeds City Council towards the end of 2017 despite GFSG’s efforts to have Green Field run-off implemented. The site is brown field, not green field, but Government recommendation for areas like Garforth with lots of clay, making soakaway SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) untenable and there being no adjacent water course for surface water to drain into, are that greenfield run off should be aspired to, usually by installing large underground holding tanks with valves which control the rate of run-off. Sadly there is a cost loophole meaning that if the developers can indicate that this would be too expensive for them they can opt out but still claim that there is considerable betterment. GFSP is still concerned, especially given the potential foul discharge from so many houses into an overstretched Yorkshire Water system that we have had many problems with over the years. We shall now be watching anxiously every time we have heavy or prolonged rain.
The application to build 6 new dwellings at the site currently occupied by no.7 Wakefield Road recently went to panel but was deferred for a cycle, not because of the flooding problem suffered by many close neighbours and, indeed, catastrophic flooding further down at the junction with Barley Hill Road, nor the permanently soggy fields opposite, but the fact that some of the rooms were perceived to be below regulation spec size. This application had been resubmitted and the original garden which had been denoted as parking space had been restored and the parking put elsewhere. The one redeeming feature had been the restoration of the garden which would act as a natural soak away to some extent. It was now suggested, at Panel, that there was plenty of garden space into which to extend the properties to an acceptable size (to the Panel), ignoring the fact that they would be reducing the size of the available soak away space!
The application to build 8 new properties on the site of the much lamented former clinic on Lidgett Lane has just been turned down largely due to the level of traffic already experienced at this location, especially at school opening and closing times. GFSG had been concerned that the application had completely ignored the substantial flooding that properties in this location have suffered over the years and the fact that there is part of the main surface water drainage course adjacent to the site.
There will no doubt be an appeal or a resubmission but we will be monitoring that very closely.