Residents’ row over new homes scheme

Residents from Baildon Avenue and surrounding streets in Kippax objecting to a new housing development.

Residents from Baildon Avenue and surrounding streets in Kippax objecting to a new housing development.

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Angry residents are fighting plans to build 166 homes which would see hundreds of vehicles accessing the site through two cul-de-sacs.

The development, by Persimmon Homes, at land off Sandgate Drive in Kippax, would see access created through Baildon Avenue and Bula Close.

However, residents are objecting to the plans, which will be heard by Leeds City Council’s planning committee at the end of November.

Alison Payne, 47, of Baildon Avenue, said: “These are two small cul-de-sacs, and it will change them. It’s going to have a big impact and it’s just not right.”

Householders have set up Sandgate Residents’ Action Group to fight the plans. As well as access, they are objecting to the size of the homes, which they say will overlook their bungalows, drainage and environmental grounds.

More than 250 people attended a residents’ meeting last month, and nearly 200 objections have been made to the council.

Mrs Payne added: “Everybody is totally incensed. We’re working on the neighbourhood plan for Kippax at the moment, which includes looking at housing for the next ten ot 15 years.

“If that says people don’t want big housing developments and it’s adopted by the council, companies like Persimmon don’t stand a chance, so I think putting in this application now, before it’s finished, is quite cynical.”

Residents are planning to hold a protest walk through bridleways on the site on Sunday October 13, joined by their local MP Alec Shelbrooke, who is supporting their objections. It meets at Baildon Avenue at 11.30am.

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “We are currently still in the early stages of our planning application. As a responsible developer we do everything we can to minimise disruption in the areas where we build and where we are seeking permission to build.

“A transport assessment concludes that following a review of the local highway network the volume of traffic generated by the proposed development would not cause harm to the surrounding area.

“The housing mix proposed, which incorporates both two and two-and-half-storey dwellings together with affordable homes, has been carefully considered and targeted at local need.

“The proposed house types have been sensitively plotted to address any concerns that existing residents may have in respect of potential being overlooked.”