Plans for Leeds United overspill car park refused

Leeds United training ground in Thorp Arch.
Leeds United training ground in Thorp Arch.

Planning permission for four houses on a car park near Leeds United training ground in Thorp Arch has been refused for the second time.

The application, originally submitted by DM North Ltd in March 2012 and resubmitted with amendments in February 2014, was rejected by Leeds City Council (LCC) as they believe the loss of the car park would be unacceptable.

According to the decision notice, the proposal would cause problems to pedestrians and road users because of uncontrolled parking and would be detrimental to highway safety.

Jason Whitfield of agents England and Lyle said: “We would be more than likely going to appeal.

“We went to appeal on the previous application and took on board what the inspector said and resubmitted the application with some changes and Leeds have still come to the same decision.

“We feel we have addressed the inspector’s views, but clearly Leeds don’t.”

The applicant appealed against nondetermination in the first application, however this was dismissed in April 2013. The most recent plans saw a reduction in the number of houses from five to four.

Thorp Arch parish council chair Sheila Humphreys said: “I am glad it has been refused again. It was just one of the many creeping developments in the area and where it is is a very narrow road.

“Our way isn’t to be against advancement but we are a small village with a lot of history and there is something like having a large town dumped on our doorstep.”