A major 2,000 home development in east Leeds has been given the provisional go-ahead by planning chiefs.
The Northern Quadrant scheme will transform an area of open green fields along parts of the A58 and A64, north of Skelton Lane and to the north and east of Whinmoor.
Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel last night gave the green light to an outline planning application.
However members set the proviso that the developer must agree to an increased amount of affordable housing on the site – at least 15 per cent rather than the 12 per cent being offered.
If they disagree, the application must come back before the panel.
The building of the new houses is dependent on the creation of a new link road, the ELOR (East Leeds Orbital Road), which is expected to cost £100m to build. The panel was told that the ELOR would be operational and open to the public by 2021.
However, it is expected that only around 100 homes would have been built by that time.
Russell Garner, speaking on behalf of some local residents, said that despite changes to an earlier blueprint, many elements of the proposals remained “unsatisfactory”.
The location of a planned new ‘Country Park’ was especially worrying, and “emblematic of the road’s creation of sharp social inequality - creating countryside ‘haves’ and suburban ‘have nots’.”
He added the new dual carriageway “will make life worse for people travelling to and from Leeds on the A64 and A58”.
The plans include retail, a community centre, health centre and primary school, with new roundabouts and access points.
Representatives for developer the North Quadrant Consortium insisted the Country Park was “appropriate”. The aim was to “integrate with the existing area to the south”, they told the panel.