WORK has started on almost 200 new homes, which are set to ease the city’s housing shortage.
Permission has been granted for Persimmon Homes to build 196 homes on a 13 acre site in Whinmoor, east Leeds, off the A64 York Road, on land known locally as Grimes Dyke.
Last year the City’s Plans Panel were asked to discuss the application in detail, as it is part of the Northern Quadrant scheme to build extra homes on a stretch of land between the A58 and A64. They were asked to consider the affect on surrounding communities and the infrastructure.
Simon Whalley, of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “This is an integral part of our expansion programme. Woodlands will provide a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, suitable as first-time buyer homes through to larger properties for growing families.”
He said the development was conveniently located for schools and local amenities with easy access to the M1 and A1M.
Local ward councillors Pauleen Grahame and Peter Gruen (Lab, Crossgates and Whinmoor) said there had been much discussion over homes being built in east Leeds.
Coun Grahame added: “As part of the agreement the house builder is to provide a brand new school and health centre, to accommodate extra families. We want to ensure there is as little disruption as possible for existing communities living near the main roads.”
Properties at Woodlands will be available to buy off-plan soon.
Traffic congestion has been a major consideration. In 2013 the council approved a £150,000 feasibility study into creating a new highway that will stretch from the Outer Ring Road at Red Hall in the north to the M1 in the south.
The East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) has been in the planning for 14 years to relieve existing highways and will cost around £100m to build.