Harewood councillor speaks out on plans for village

Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre, where the North East Plans Panel meets to discuss planning applications. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.

Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre, where the North East Plans Panel meets to discuss planning applications. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.

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A Harewood councillor has spoken out against plans to build nearly 100 houses on green belt land.

The proposal, from England and Lyle, is to build 92 properties and a retail store on the former Yorkshire Electricity Board site at Scarcroft Lodge.

When the pre-application presentation was made, Harewood Coun Rachael Procter (Con) welcomed plans to include open space.

But he said: “These are just early plans, but what is clear is that this area has a very distinct rural character and appearance, and the future of the site needs to take that into account.

“I’m not convinced at the moment that the proposals really benefit the village.”

A spokesman from England and Lyle said: “Further to the pre-application discussions, we will continue to work with the local community, as much as possible, to deliver an appropriate scheme that meets planning requirements.

“We have been speaking with the Parish Council for over a year and are committed to deliver a scheme which is viable and meets as many of the aspirations of the local community as is possible.”

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