Developers have organised a community consultation event on Sunday to discuss their controversial plans to build 800 new homes in a north Leeds village.
Fresh details have also emerged about the £190m plans by GMI Holdings Ltd and Barratt David Wilson Homes near Scholes.
The developers say the 860-home proposal includes a new primary school, a shop, GP surgery and possibly a small pharmacy. It could also lead to the creation of new play areas and extra funding for secondary education and local road networks. The developers claim the plan would provide Leeds City Council with a £7.7m New Homes Bonus, £1m in council tax and boost the local economy by £12m a year.
As the YEP previously reported, campaign group Save Our Scholes (SOS) was set up to fight several housing plans they believe threaten the village’s quiet way of life.
A row erupted in the village last week when residents woke to find CCTV-style cameras had been installed on seven local roads without warning - or council permission. It remains unclear who was responsible for the cameras but one theory was they were to gather traffic information for developers.
Now GMI and Barratt say they were keen to work with local residents on the nature of the plans - which break down into 800 homes on land east of Scholes and a further 60 homes off Station Road, to the west.
A consultation event takes place tomorrow, Sunday September 22, from 10am to 1pm in Scholes Village Hall.
Chris Harrison of planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners said they would like to hear what facilites people want to see and particularly how primary school provision could be improved.
Amanda Munro, of SOS, which plans to protest outside the village hall, said: “What people of Scholes do not want are developers coming and spitting out houses over our green fields and agricultural land. They don’t want to see the village almost double in size.”
If approved, the project would take 10 years.