D Day for plans to Emmerdale village to turn into tourist spot

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Plans to turn the “Emmerdale Village” into a tourist attraction were provisionally approved today by Leeds City Council after Harewood Houses bosses backed down over the tour route.

But a formal decision has been deferred to the chief planning officer over footpaths and how the planning application fee will be spent.

The land is currently only used for filming, but the proposal is to run weekend tours on Saturdays and Sundays, between the hours of 10am and 4pm (April to September) and 10am to 2pm (October to March).

Originally it was feared the plans meant 50-person coaches would increase traffic flow and interfere with bridleways, but objectors were pleased after proposals were revised to direct the buses up private roads used for filming.

More on this story at 4.45pm on Yorkshire Voice tonight.

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