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22/01/2021

Appeal: Demolition of mining community allowed despite social harm

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An investment firm’s plans to replace 70 prefabricated ‘Airey houses’ near Leeds built to house miners can go ahead – despite an inspector’s acknowledgement that the scheme would harm the ‘vibrant and strong’ community.

LOCATIONOultonAUTHORITYLeeds City CouncilINSPECTORRichard CleggPROCEDUREInquiryDECISIONAllowedREFERENCEAPP/N4720/W/20/3250249The appeal concerned an estate of 70 ‘Airey houses’ in Oulton, a village south-east of Leeds. Named after the industrialist Sir Edward Airey, Airey houses were built after the Second World War from prefabricated concrete and salvaged military trucks to respond to the post........
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