A proposal to build 2,000 new homes on fields in the north-eastern outskirts of Leeds is going before councillors next week.
At this stage councillors are just being asked to comment on a presentation about the proposed development, but it’s expected that the consortium behind the proposal – led by York-based house-builder Persimmon – will lodge a more formal outline planning application “in the near future”.
The proposal will be discussed at a meeting next Thursday (31st May) of Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel for the east of the city.
Apart from the houses, the proposed development on the land between Wetherby Road (A58) and York Rd (A64) north of Skeltons Lane could include a new primary school, community facilities, shops, and a possible first phase of a new dual-carriageway designed to take pressure off the Ring Road, the East Leeds Orbital Road (in blue on the map).
Green light for greenfield sites
Last year Leeds City Council was forced to change its policy on releasing land for housing after losing a series of costly appeals brought by developers who had been refused planning consent to build on greenfield land.
One of those appeals – brought by Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey – dealt with land at Grimes Dyke, Whinmoor, immediately to the south west of the proposed new development.
No surprise then that in a report drafted for next week’s meeting, the Council’s chief planning officer notes that while the site has a “rural appearance” the principle of residential development there “at this time is considered to be acceptable”.
The developers are already talking to local groups, including parish and city councillors, and concerns have already been raised about the proposed development’s impact on education, health services, drainage and roads.
There’ll be plenty more negotiating ahead, about the housing mix in general and affordable housing in particular, the knock-ons for secondary school provision and public transport, and jobs and training opportunities for local people.
Watch this space.