Greenside Greenway object to new planning application

The developers building houses on the site adjoining the railway cutting leading to the Greenside Tunnel have submitted a new planning application to build two semi detatched houses instead of the previously approved single detached house.

Greenside Greenway have submitted an objection on the grounds that this would make the use of the cutting for a greenway more difficult in the future, and we suspect that the original partial infill of material has not been performed as per in the original approval.

Please see below for a link to the planning application where you can comment if you so wish, and our detailed objection.

Link to planning application


The Greenside Greenway group is proposing that the old Pudsey Loop Railway Line is repurposed as a greenway for pedestrians, wheelchair users, runners, cyclists, and horse riders. We are imminently expecting the publishing of a feasibility study by Sustrans that we commissioned earlier this year.

The proposed route runs through the Greenside Tunnel and continues through the cutting that adjoins the site in question. An earlier planning application (17/02642/FU) approved the partial infill of inert material into the cutting. Members of the Greenside Greenway group opposed that planning application as it had the potential to make the development of the greenway more difficult.

The plans for the greenway have continued even after the partial infill of material as both ourselves and experts consider the partial tipping reversible. The inert material could be redistributed to other parts of the route that require elevating, thus restoring the original profile of the cutting.

It should be noted that the original planning application for 8 dwellings on the site (16/04825/FU) was approved prior to that of the partial infill. As such, the dwellings as built to these plans would be unaffected if the partial infill was removed.

We note the current application (20/05470/FU) for two semi-detached houses in place of one detached house in the original application. In principle, we have no objection to this change, however upon examination of the plans, it appears that the footprint and curtilage of the semi-detached houses extends further into the cutting than that of the original detached house. This would indicate that there is now more land available than when the original planning application for the dwellings was submitted.

We also note the original proposed layout plan that was approved in the partial infill application (17/02642/FU). This shows the location of the infill material in the centre of the cutting, with none added to the sloping area next to Carlisle Road and the dwelling site location.

We therefore request that the planning application is refused for the following reasons:

  • The only way land is now available for two houses rather than one, is because the partial infill planning permission has been breached. The inert material has not been placed as indicated in the prior planning application.
  • Allowing the building of an additional house on material that has been tipped into the cutting would prejudice removal of that material at a later date, and thus prejudice the development of the greenway.
  • Although not civil engineers, we do not think that recently tipped material is a stable foundation for a house.

Deadline for full infill objections extended to 13th November

Hi everyone, some good news. Due to the massive response (290 objections thus far), and issues with the online submission portal, the City Council have extended the deadline for submissions to 13th November 2018. This date is valid for submissions via the portal, email or letter.

Full instructions on how to object can be found on our previous announcement here: Instructions on how to object.

Stop the tunnel from being lost forever!

The owners of the railway cutting have applied for planning permission for a full infill of the cutting. We are asking all supporters of our group to object to the planning application. You can do this in a number of ways

The easiest way is to visit Leeds Planning Website, click the ‘comment’ tab, and then leave your response (you will have to create an account to do this). The deadline for objections via this method is 13th November 2018.

Alternatively you can write to Planning Services, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8BB. Be sure to include the reference: 18/05570/FU.

If you wish to email, please use planning@leeds.gov.uk Please remember to put the planning reference (18/05570/FU) in the subject line.

We have included some points below that you may wish to use to inform your objection.

  • Road Safety–EP homes have stated they expect 3,373 HGV wagons through the town for 52 weeks. Adding return journeys, this means, a total of 6746 trips, nearly one wagon every five minutes, six days a week. No route is specified so wagons could use any street, passing local schools, nurseries, care homes, sheltered housing, etc from all directions. It should also be noted that the type of trucks that will likely be used will be tipper trucks that have a disproportionately poor road safety record.
  • Disruption– Noise, dirt, dust, muddy roads, smells, will affect households in the vicinity and along roads through the town for at least a year.
  • Destruction– Historical heritage of tunnel, cutting and Carlisle Road bridge, not to mention access through a conservation area, and lack of access to the tunnel for maintenance, inspections and machinery.
  • Prevention– of proposed Greenside Greenway and its pending feasibility study. A full infill will stop the reopening of the redundant railway route forever, and deny us and future generations the opportunity of a safe green recreational and commuting route including future links to Leeds and Spen Valley Greenway.
  • Ecology-Infill will affect the habitat of the three species of bats who roost and use the area for foraging, Filling Carlisle road bridge to the roof, will also destroy these areas. A small gap in front of the tunnel will affect bat access, as well as repairs.
  • Poor record– The applicant have not adhered to all the planning conditions that were placed on the part infill, Leeds city Council have asked them to stop infilling on at least one occasion.

Welcome to the Greenside Greenway website

What are you trying to do?

In order to preserve the Greenside Tunnel for future generations, we want to turn it into something useful, rather than just leave it to become derelict. The obvious answer is to turn it into part of a greenway.

What is a greenway?

A greenway is a dedicated track for non-motorised users. These include pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders. Some examples already in existence are the Spen Valley Greenway and the Two Tunnels Greenway

What is the plan?

We have already been in discussions with Sustrans who have a wealth of experience in converting old railway lines to Greenways. The first step will be to fund a feasibility study that will identify who owns the land, and the potential costs for the project. The cost for the feasibility study is £13,500.

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