Road improvements to reduce the speed of traffic and rat-running are needed if plans for a major new housing development are to get the green light, councillors have said.
Members of the South and West Plans Panel said proposals for 121 units – mainly semi-detached and detached houses with 20 flats in two blocks – at the Department For Work and Pensions site off Otley Road were broadly welcome given the site’s favoured ‘brownfield’ status.
But they warned road improvements in the area would be needed before any formal plans were approved.
Entrance to the housing development – by developers Telereal Trillium Limited – would use the two existing accesses onto Otley Road and onto Adel Lane. It’s the Adel Lane entrance which is causing concern to local residents who have objected to the scheme.
Councillors were concerned about the knock-on effect this development could create on top of the new housing development of the Bodington Hall site next door.
Highway Officers hde no objection to the use of the Adel Lane access, but were concerned that the site could be used as a short cut by drivers on Otley Road.
Members agreed that if the scheme were to go ahead the applicant would need to fund speed calming measures on Adel Lane between Church Lane and Farrer Lane (at an approximate cost of £250 000).
They also said a contribution of £110,000 would be needed to part fund a crossing on the Ring Road, which would only payable if the NGT Trolleybus scheme fails to materialise as that project includes new pedestrians crossings.
The planning application is currently at ‘pre-application stage’. Pre-application hearings are held so councillors can give early feedback to applicants about their proposals before a formal planning application is submitted for approval. In this case, detailed plans are likely to be submitted next year.