Villages concerned about a controversial housing development on Church Drive claimed a partial victory on June 2nd when Leeds City Council deferred a decision for a month and asked the developer to resubmit plans based on two homes rather than three.

The site in question faces the turning circle on Church Drive and is between two blocks of flats originally council built. The council's arms-length housing association sold the land with outline planning permission for two bungalows. The developer quickly submitted plans for four detached houses which was opposed by the Parish Council and rejected by the City Council as overdevelopment. In this revised submission the developer submitted plans for three detached homes.

Peter Lord, East Keswick Parish Council's lead councillor on planning issues attended the meeting at the Civic Hall in which two villagers, Sue Jones and Jake Fowler, spoke strongly about their opposition to the scheme on several levels, overdevelopment being one.

The developer can appeal Thursdays decision or submit revised plans for two homes, which are more likely to be two storey houses rather than bungalows.

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