PLANS for a £20m housing development on the south eastern outskirts of Leeds have taken a step forward.
Development firm Banks Property has submitted a planning application for the scheme in Methley to Leeds City Council.
Banks wants to build a total of 181 family homes on a 7.7-hectare farmland site at Station Road in the village.
It says around 120 new jobs would be created by the project.
The firm’s development offer also includes what it is describing as a “community benefits package” worth more than £2m.
Banks says improvements to local flood defences proved a popular potential use for the cash with residents who attended a recent exhibition showcasing its plans.
There have also been suggestions that the money could go towards funding for education, public transport and housing for the elderly.
Banks Property’s managing director, Michael Shuttleworth, said: “There is an increasingly urgent need to increase the supply of new homes across the Leeds area, which will make it more feasible for young families to stay in or move to the areas in which they want to live, and we strongly believe that the type of project we’re looking to progress at Station Road would prove very popular with homebuyers.
“The importance attached to improving local flood defences was very clear in the comments we received at our public exhibition and we’re already working up more detailed proposals for how this might be achieved through this project.
“We’re also still very interested in a number of other options that have been suggested and would welcome further ideas from local people.”
The company says its application for permission for the scheme is expected to be considered by a city council plans panel early next year.