Plans approved for 1,100 homes on edge of Leeds

Plans have been approved for a 1,100-home community next to the M1 motorway on the south eastern edge of Leeds, after planners concluded that the development would 'fully align' with emerging local planning policy.

Leeds: council approves 1,100-home scheme
Leeds: council approves 1,100-home scheme

Leeds City Council’s planning committee approved the outline consent at a meeting on Friday.

The application sought permission for the creation of a new community comprising up to 1,100 homes, a food store, local centre, school and related open spaces and infrastructure at the 70.9-hectare site to the southern side of junction 45 of the M1 motorway.

A planning report said that the former opencast mine site is "formally identified as employment land but under emerging policy for the Aire Valley regeneration area is proposed for housing".

As such, the report said, the "delivery of a significant number of houses is a major benefit that arises from the scheme as is the regeneration of this former opencast site which would also include significant areas of greenspace and biodiversity habitat, most notably Skelton Lake".

The document said that planners considered that the application site "lies within a long established development allocation and it is accepted through the adopted development plan that it is an appropriate location for development".

It concluded: "The proposal would be of significant benefit to the wider area, creating much needed housing and employment opportunities as well as regenerating a former colliery site. The proposals also fully align with emerging policy … which now allocates the site for housing".

The application will now be referred to the secretary of state. 

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