New bid for 300 Leeds homes is made

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DEVELOPERS have submitted plans for 300 new houses which they say will help to meet the “desperate shortage” in the North East of the city.

The proposal is described as a “community-benefit led scheme” and includes the creation of a new park, a new GP surgery and financial support to allow a nearby school to expand.

The proposed site at Scholes has been submitted through Leeds City Council’s Site Allocation Process.

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The companies behind the plan say it will help Leeds City Council find alternative sites for 3,000 homes needed in the area following the withdrawal of the Headley Hall site by Leeds University.The proposed site for the 300 homes is between Rakehill Road to the north, Main Street to the south and Belle Vue Avenue to the east.

The proposals which have been scaled back from an initial plan for 700 homes include a gift of land to the parish council, financial support to allow a primary school to expand, the creation of a new GP surgery and a five acre park.

Peter Gilman, the director of the GMI Property which forms part of the Scholes Development Company behind the plans said: “As we saw in the recent Autumn Statement, there is a real drive from Government to address the housing shortage and following the withdrawal of the new settlement at Headingley Hall, the outer North East Leeds area is in desperate need of new homes 3,000 to be exact.

“Our strategic site at east Scholes is not in the green belt and has previously been identified by the planning inspectorate as being suitable for development.”

He said that despite more than halving the number of homes they were proposing, the developers were still offering the same level of community benefit.

Mr Gilman said that Barratt and David Wilson were a partner in the planned Scholes development.

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