Go-ahead for 2,000 homes on Leeds ‘Northern Quadrant’ site

HousingA major 2,000 home development in east Leeds has been given the provisional go-ahead by planning chiefs.

The Northern Quadrant scheme will transform an area of open green fields along parts of the A58 and A64, north of Skelton Lane and to the north and east of Whinmoor.

Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel last night gave the green light to an outline planning application.

However members set the proviso that the developer must agree to an increased amount of affordable housing on the site – at least 15 per cent rather than the 12 per cent being offered.

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Christmas Bin Collection Arrangements ‏ 2014/2015

Landscapes 2 (8)Posted on behalf of Chief Officer Waste Management Leeds City Council

I am writing to let you know the Christmas bin collection arrangements, and how we are communicating them to residents. We are posting the attached letter to every household in the city. It gives details of the arrangements, as well as lots of other hints and tips on how to have a greener, and often cheaper, Christmas.

We will also be distributing this information through the press, our website and as part of extensive digital communications throughout December. Please get involved and amplify our messages in your community, following us on twitter www.twitter.com/leedswastedocs and on facebook.com/leedswastedocs

Vision: To deliver a safe, efficient and reliable waste and recycling collection service that meets the needs of residents, increases recycling and minimises waste to landfill.

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New homes to trigger boomtime in Leeds housing

BuilderLEEDS IS on the brink of a housing boom, with plans for a new housing development in the east of the city set to light the touchpaper for the building of tens of thousands of homes, a council boss claims today.

Speaking to the YEP, Councillor Peter Gruen, the man in charge of Leeds City Council’s housing policy, said that developers couldn’t keep pace with the demand that exists for new homes.

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Watch: Leeds OAP road-menders roll out the fighting spirit

PotholesA GANG of feisty pensioners are rolling out the resilience – and a tonne of Tarmac – to repair their pothole ridden road themselves.

The six OAPs, who have an average age of 75, pledged to get the job done themselves as Leeds City Council highways bosses say they do not have to carry out repairs as it is an ‘unadopted’ road.

The neighbours from Crawshaw Gardens in Pudsey bought a tonne of Tarmac and some black tar sealant to maintain holes on their access. Armed with a heavy duty concrete garden roller, shovels, rakes and brushes they set to work yesterday.

David Horn, 77, who is married to Barbara, said: “We decided enough is enough. There has been much discussion with Leeds City Council over the years and although it is an unadopted road, we feel they could help us out.

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Campaign group joins fight to stop Leeds housing scheme

Housing campaign group membersAn influential pressure group has joined the fight against plans for a major housing development on the doorstep of a quiet community in Leeds.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says the proposed construction of up to 700 homes to the east of Scholes would be “wholly out of proportion” with the size of the village.

It also argues that the development would be unsustainable due to “poor public transport connections, inadequate local amenities and huge volumes of additional road traffic generation”.

And today villagers told of their hopes that the CPRE’s intervention could help convince Leeds City Council to give the scheme the thumbs-down.

Scholes resident and community planning expert George Hall said: “I think this could turn out to be a really significant step. Firstly, because this is the CPRE we are talking about.

“Secondly, it hasn’t just said this because of what it has read or seen on some plans.

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Opponents ready for public inquiry on Leeds trolleybus scheme

NGT TrolleybusAn alliance of objectors will tomorrow begin a bid to stop Leeds’s trolleybus scheme in its tracks.

The public inquiry that will decide the fate of the £250m project gets under way at 10am at the Regus office building off Wellington Street in the city centre.

It will hear pro-trolleybus evidence from experts put forward by the scheme’s co-promoters, West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro and Leeds City Council.

But it will also hear from a wide range of opponents who believe the New Generation Transport (NGT) project is not the solution to Leeds’s traffic congestion problems. Objectors provisionally scheduled to appear include:

* Leeds bus operator First, which has claimed a fleet of state-of-the-art double deckers would deliver the same benefits as trolleybus at a fraction of the cost;

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Beware of Confidence Trickster

Foot-in-the-door TricksterWe have received a report from Housing Leeds that someone identifying himself as an LCC surveyor/ quality assurance man has tried to gain access to a tenants property in Adel Woods Estate. The repairs section have advised that no surveyor or quality assurance was scheduled at the address in question.

The police have been notified but could all residents be vigilant of any person saying they are from Leeds City Council and ensure you check their ID Badge.

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