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MP condemns decision to approve Adel planning application

April 21, 2017 10:43 AM

Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has expressed his concern and disappointment at the decision to approve plans to build 100 homes on fields east of Otley Road in Adel, around 100 yards from the Grade I-listed St John the Baptist Church.

At the Leeds City Council South and West Plans Panel meeting today, the application was approved by 7 votes to 3.

Mr Mulholland had objected to the original proposals to build houses on the green fields in April 2014, which were rejected. The MP had also objected to the most recent application, and had been urging local residents to also express their concerns about the application, and the impact the development would have on local infrastructure, as well as the setting of the Grade 1 listed 12th Century Adel Parish Church of St John the Baptist, which is one of the best examples of Norman architecture in Britain.

However, the Council have approved the development, to the dismay of local residents, over 250 of whom had objected to the application.

August 2015, blankGreg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West said:

"I am very disappointed that this application to build houses on this green field sites in Adel has been approved.

"There remains is a serious concern about its impact on the beautiful Grade 1 listed Adel St John Parish Church.

"In addition, local infrastructure, especially the very busy A660 will not be able to cope with the increase in population this development will bring, and it is concerning that the numerous objections from local residents have been ignored.

"This is yet another example of how the planning system gives no real say to communities and all too often is a developer's charter, with developers continuing to get permission to build expensive housing whilst ignoring brown field sites. This does nothing to deal with the housing crisis and shows the need for the reform of the planning system, and I will certainly continue to campaign for real change in this area."