Houses to be built on Leeds United training ground car park

Leeds United training ground in Thorp Arch.

Leeds United training ground in Thorp Arch.

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Leeds United training ground’s overspill car park will be replaced by four houses next year.

Planning permission was initially refused in 2012 and again in June 2014 after it was resubmitted with amendments by applicants DM North Ltd.

After this second refusal an appeal was launched and the planning inspectorate has now ruled in favour of the applicants, permitting development on the site that was used as an overspill carpark until earlier this year.

Director of agents England and Lyle Planning Consultants Jeremy Good said: “We are delighted with the result which will now see this previously developed site deliver much needed housing.

“The appeal decision follows a long drawn out series of applications during which LCC were largely unwilling to discuss matters such as affordable housing. We are pleased that the Inspectorate has agreed with our methodology rather than the slightly peculiar approach taken by the council.

“We demonstrated that the parking was no longer needed by Leeds United and that overspill parking was available if required.”

Though LCC’s refusal was for highway safety, the inspector concluded that the proposal would not be detrimental and could provide affordable housing.