Boston Diner


After two years without significant progress, Plans (West) Panel eventually ignored their officers' recommendation on 29 November 2007 and refused planning application 24/412/05/FU for 39 one and two bedroom flats on St Anns Lane. The applicant, Design Life Ltd, has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. The council will send the numerous existing objections to the Inspector, but if people want to add anything, or object for the first time, they should email teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk quoting reference APP/N4720/A/08/2064525 before 11 March 2008. Alternatively, they can write to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/18A Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. They could, for example, stress our local need for more affordable family housing.

Proposed elevation, looking south west

Design Life Ltd submitted revised plans on 3rd August 2007, and there was sudden pressure for a snap decision over the holiday period. The Kirkstall councillors wrote to the Director of Planning and insisted that the decision was deferred until people were back from their holidays and were able to study the plans. We are also sought a decision by elected members and a site visit by the councillors on the Plans West Panel before any permission was considered.

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Overall, these plans include 19 one-bed flats and 20 two-bed flats, with 43 car parking spaces, plus a pair of semi-detached houses. Access is mainly from St Ann's Lane, although 8 parking spaces and the semi-detached houses front onto St Ann's Rise. Most of the mature trees on site are already protected by tree preservation orders and would be preserved. Current Leeds City Council and government policies call for 25% "affordable housing" in a development of this size, but it is not clear how this would be achieved.

The Boston Diner was a well-known restaurant and public house on St Ann's Lane, which has now been demolished. The site was neglected and suffered extensive vandalism, arson and fly-tipping.

The site is insecure and was left in a terrible mess. Is the owner trying to wear down the local population, to the point where they fell that anything would be preferable to this?

Last updated 29 November 2008 at 20:50. Back to the top

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