Housebuilders submit plans for 875-home scheme on edge of Leeds

Housebuilders Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes have submitted plans for an 875-home scheme on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Leeds.

New cycle route in the East Leeds Extension (Pic: Pegasus Group)
New cycle route in the East Leeds Extension (Pic: Pegasus Group)

The outline application has been submitted to Leeds City Council by planning consultancy Johnson Mowat on behalf of the applicants.

It proposes 875 homes with 15 per cent affordable housing, 16 hectares of green spaces including parks and gardens, and vehicle access points from York Road and Leeds Road.

The development, which would cover 40.6 hectares, forms the middle quadrant of the East Leeds Extension, a series of new residential areas that would include a total of 5,000 new homes bounded by the new East Leeds Orbital Road which is currently under construction.

As the area is at flood risk, the 875-home application includes storage pipes for surface water drainage within each section of development and flood basins to be included in the open spaces.

The homes would be made up of 1-2 beds (30 per cent), 3 beds (32 per cent) and 4-5 beds (38 per cent), with 60 per cent of homes available to rent.

Accorcing to Johnson Mowat’s planning statement, the site is predominantly made up of agricultural land, woodland and scrub.

The development would result in small-scale loss of woodland and hedgerows, which would be mitigated by woodland, tree and hedgerow planting which the plans state would be “significantly greater than that which would be lost”.

The document concludes that the scheme is unlikely to result in any significant negative effect on the surrounding ecology.

It goes on to say that Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon will submit a further application for approximately 925 homes on the Southern Quadrant of the East Leeds Extension in the coming months. The plans are expected to include a community hub with a new primary school, convenience store and health provision.

The applicants expect the development of both quadrants to provide 530 full-time direct on-site jobs during the construction phase, plus 800 more supply chain jobs.

The development of both quadrants should continue until 2031, the document adds, with the building of the first homes starting in 2022 pending permission.

Full details can be found on the planning section of Leeds City Council's website using the application number 20/04464/OT.

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