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Housing estate plans deferred

Cosypaws cattery owners, Jane Nelson and Alyson Liddle.
Story: Concerns over access road for a new development of 176 new homes, just of Pontefract Road, Knottingley.
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Cosypaws cattery owners, Jane Nelson and Alyson Liddle. Story: Concerns over access road for a new development of 176 new homes, just of Pontefract Road, Knottingley. p307a406

Controversial plans for a new £21m housing estate in Knottingley have been deferred by councillors.

Developers Gleeson Homes want to build 176 homes on land next to Rainsborough Avenue.

But, despite officers recommending approval, the application was deferred by the council’s planning and highways committee at a meeting on Thursday.

Councillors said further consultations were needed to see if alternative access to the homes would be possible.

Gleeson plan to build an access ramp from Pontefract Road on to the new site.

But Coun Alan Wassell , of the planning committee, told the meeting he thought it would be better to have the access road off the Ferrybridge Bypass.

Speaking after the meeting Jane Nelson, who runs Cosypaws Cattery, next to the proposed site, said: “I was really pleased with the decision because we would suffer the most.

“Looking at the plans the access road will be level with my bedroom window.

“We will now be stepping up our fight and hopefully they will look at access to the proposed site.”

Residents had also previously said that there is no need for further housing in the town as a number of homes were already for sale

A spokeswoman for Gleeson Homes said: “We are looking forward to the planning application going to the next planning committee meeting where we will be presenting drawings that clarify the levels of the access road which we hope will enable members to vote in favour of granting planning approval.”

An outline planning application for up to a further 475 homes next to the site off Pontefract Road was also deferred as it would use the same proposed access road.

The plans also include a plot of land for a school.

 

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