It is just over 12 months since Redrow were given planning permission to build 98 new dwellings by Planning Inspector Ogier, on Moon’s Field, Netherfield Raod, Guiseley. WARD were extremely critical of that decision and regret not making an official complaint to the Inspectorate.
Since then, Redrow were allowed to build fewer ‘affordable homes’ on the site, and building is now well under way on an attractive piece of countryside (and former cricket ground) that was a gateway to the Chevin hills above Guiseley. In contrast, are the many empty, eyesore sites to the south of Leeds Station, many of which have been derelict for years.
A few yards away from the Moon’s Field, Bellway are still building another 200 homes on the brownfield site that was Crompton Parkinson Electrical (the same Parkinson that the iconic Leeds University Parkinson Building was named after).
Together, when complete, they will add approximately 600 more cars on to the A65 – a road that was already ‘at capacity’ back in 2005 and is now even worse according to the independent A65 Traffic Survey commissioned by WARD last year.
What is the conclusion? Even in a recession developers find it easier and profitable to build in outer areas of Leeds deemed as ‘desirable’, while ignoring sustainable sites near the centre. Does this matter?? Yes. We have lost an attractive green space unnecessarily. It continues the trends of the past 20 years of allowing industrial and greenfield sites to be used to build ever more dwellings – leading to ever fewer jobs and ever more commuting – hardly sustainable.
Would it not make more sense to build dwellings on derelict land near to transport infrastructure??? – Leeds station, motorways and closer to Leeds Centre so that bus journeys take a reasonable time – not the 1 hour it takes at peak times from Guiseley and Yeadon.
For a full report on the Moon’s Field Planning Application please refer to the Moon’s Field Press Release.