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Local MP Welcomes Developer Climb-Down on Greenfield Site at Risk of Flooding

January 8, 2016 6:35 PM

A campaign by Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has resulted in a major developer scrapping their proposals to build 100 executive homes in an area at risk of flooding.

Housing developer Home Group had planned to build the properties in the Rumplecroft and Meagill Rise area of Otley. However, planning officers at Leeds City Council today advised Mr Mulholland that Home Group have now withdrawn their proposals.

Mr Mulholland had written to Leeds City Council Planning Department in October 2015 to highlight concerns he had received from constituents about the development.

Commenting, he said:

"I welcome the decision by Home Group not to proceed with their development plans on this site, especially because a flood warning for Meagill Rise had been issued by the Environment Agency on Sunday 3rd January. Therefore, it would be wrong to continue to develop the hillside above Meagill Rise, as this would increase the risk of flooding."

"Residents, councillors and I were also concerned at the impact on traffic and the pressure on Otley Bridge, plus concerns about where access would be. Overall I am very pleased that the development hasn't gone ahead. We continue to believe that development is not appropriate here."

Otley and Yeadon Councillor Sandy Lay commented:

"I received a telephone call from Home Group last summer to ask for my support of the development, much like I have for previous planning applications. I would not support the plan. Despite Home Group being a social housing provider, their plan to build 100 executive homes at Meagill Rise for the open market didn't meet the current need for Otley to have more affordable housing."