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Scheme in Leeds Hangs in the Balance

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A decision on whether to approve a new six-storey block of student accommodation in Leeds has been deferred due to concerns over its impact on the local area.

Index House in Burley Road has been earmarked by Torsion, with plans to turn the site into clusters and studio apartments able to accommodate 57 students.

However, members of the south and west plans panel ran of out time to decide the application, meaning the project will be brought back before the panel next month.

The scheme has received 38 objections, whilst local councillors and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn also opposed the scheme, citing concerns about it overlooking the nearby school.

According to Dr Derek Piper, who was representing the Rosebank School and Little Woodhouse Community Association, the development would further unbalance the population in the area and place additional pressure on local families. It was also argued the scheme would lead to further traffic congestion around Burley Road.