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Noise and dust from the development around Seacroft Hospital terrorises neighbourhood

Labor’s David Jenkins said residents were being put in a ‘very difficult position’ because of noise and dust from the development around Seacroft Hospital.

Under the long-term plan, around 700 new homes are being built on land around the hospital, with the final phase of development expected to be completed in 2025. Councillor Jenkins said he hoped the city council would ‘learn from this experience’ and be tougher on developers through the enforcement of planning conditions.

He made the comments at City Hall on Thursday during a debate on the large-scale development known as East Leeds Extension.

Councillor Jenkins, who represents Killingbeck and Seacroft, said: ‘In my ward there was the Seacroft Hospital development.

‘One of the concerns residents have about developments on construction sites is heavy trucks, noise, dust and other things.

Spending the hot summer months in such a harsh environment is in some ways a disaster.

Andrew Cratts, the council’s planning officer, said: ‘We are aware of the problems at Seacroft Hospital and are working hard to ensure that the same situation is not repeated here.

More than 900 homes will be built south of East Leeds Extension, subject to more than 70 planning conditions. In principle, it should be the most tightly regulated development ever approved in Leeds.

Mr. Kreitz said: “[Councillors] would probably all agree that there are long-standing concerns [about the development]. There are a lot of subcontractors and people don’t always do what they’re supposed to do.

What we can do is make the conditions as strict as possible and enforce them if problems arise.

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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