PLANS for a row of commercial units to be built on a patch of scrubland next to a nursery have been submitted.

The application, if successful, would see eight new units constructed on land in Hodgson Lane, Drighlington.

The plot is bordered to the east by Kaleidoscope Nursery, and to the west is long-established family firm Designer Factory Kitchens. To the north are rugby league pitches used by Drighlington ARLFC, while to the south, past a former rail line and row of trees, lies the A650.

In the plans, it states the development would be of "eight purpose built workshop units" all identical in layout with 765 sq ft of floor space containing a workshop area, office and toilet, with front and rear doors and a roller shutter vehicle entrance.

It said the development will have "minimal impact on disturbing the general ground and landscape" and the roof will have a "grassed appearance finish" to blend into its surroundings.

The site has "excellent transport links" to the A650 and M62, the plans state.

Each unit would have two car parking spaces each, and a 12 metre lay-by is also included in the plans.

A response to the plans from the Coal Authority says the site is a "high risk" area, with "historic unrecorded underground shallow coal mining" likely to have taken place at the site, and said that investigations are required to identify any risks before any construction work can begin, and it has no object to the plans as long as these checks are carried out.

Leeds City Council's Contaminated Land Team has also said that a report on possible contamination is needed for this development.

Public consultation on the application is open until Friday, March 11.

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