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MILLIONAIRE’S ROW: Seven-bedroom house given green light

MILLIONAIRE’S ROW: Seven-bedroom house given green light

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Plans to demolish and rebuild a house on one of Leeds’ most-exclusive streets has been approved by Leeds City Council planning chiefs.

A planning application had been entered to replace an existing property with a a two-storey, seven-bedroom detached house with rooms in the roof space.

The site sits in Sandmoor Drive in Alwoodley, close to the area informally known as the city’s “millionaire’s row”.

The plans include a cinema room, office space and a games room. Garden space is also proposed, while planned parking space that could accommodate up to 5 vehicles is proposed to the front and side of the house.

A document by Leeds City Council planning officers stated: “The property will be largely of a traditional form, the front elevation will be built with brick and stone with tiles on the roof. Part of the rear elevation will be rendered.

“The proposed house includes, to each side elevation, single and a half storey glazed feature gables. The building would be set back into the site from Sandmoor Drive generally akin to the position of the existing dwelling on the site.”

However, the plans were called in by Coun Neil Buckley (Con) who was concerned that the proposals had potential to easily be modified to accommodate three apartments, which he said would go against the Alwoodley Neighbourhood Plan.

Council planning officer Glen Allen told the meeting: “It is a debatable issue as to when you consider things to be modern or traditional.

“In terms of the impact on neighbourhood plan policies – the plan seeks to maintain the character of the area, and this needs to be taken into account.

“The fact it is a single dwelling helps. In terms of the use of materials and architectural features, it will be a modern design, from our point of view it is considered to be part of the evolution.”

Councillors spoke in favour of the plans.

Coun Liz Nash (Lab) said: “I have thoroughly read the report and I was amazed that there could be any objection to this. The design is infinitely better than the design that was turned down from the flats, which was rather austere.

“But this seems to be in keeping with the run of houses in the Alwoodley area.”

Coun Trish Smith (Con): “It is a lovely looking house and anyone lucky enough to live there would be extremely happy. I would ask if [any changes to plans] in future could come back.”

The plans were unanimously approved by members.

Words: Richard Beecham, Local Democracy Reporter

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