Developers seeking to build on a plot opposite the Church Drive turning circle failed to convince Leeds North East Plans panel on December 1st which has now endorsed the original rejection of plans and will oppose the development as currently planned.
The contentious building plot was originally identified as being surplus to requirements and capable of being sold for income by Leeds City Council's arms-length housing association. Leeds City Council gave the land outline planning permission for two detached bungalows. The land was bought by a developer - JWT Ltd - who put in a full planning application for four detached houses, which was opposed by neighbours and the Parish Council on the grounds of over-development of the site. That application was replaced by another one for three detached houses which was turned down for similar reasons.
The developers sought to appeal this decision but Leeds North East Plans Panel meeting on December 1st were not convinced and stood by the original rejection by planners. It's now expected that an application for two dwellings might be made.
Four miles south west of Wetherby, at the heart of the so-called golden triangle of Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds is the idyllic location of the Lower Wharfedale village of East Keswick.
This ancient Domesday Book village lies on a quiet country lane which meanders between Collingham and Shadwell. The community comprises some 1400 people, two pubs, two churches, a twice a week post office, village hall, hairdressers, beauty salon and butchers.
The village is a conservation area surrounded by rich farmland and numerous attractive walks. Its history has been chronicled in a highly acclaimed Millennium Book and probably uniquely, it enjoys its own Wildlife Trust which manages large tracts of local land.
In September 2001, it was awarded Best Village in North of England regional finals of the nationwide competition sponsored by Calor and the Daily Telegraph. Five years later, in the 'best of the best' competition, the village was the Northern Regional Winner.