plans for a major new ring road which is considered “critical” to a hoped-for housing bonanza in East Leeds are expected to move a step forward next week.
Senior councillors are set to rubber-stamp £1 million of funding for a detailed blueprint for the proposed ELOR (East Leeds Orbital Road) on Wednesday,
The decision-making executive board is also expected to give the go-ahead for further work to work with developers to establish the £100m core funding for the project.
The ELOR is considered a vital element of a hoped for 7,000 house development on 217 hectares of green field land along the East Leeds Extension (ELE).
An initial feasibility study was commissioned in March at the cost of £150,000, and has concluded that the ELOR should be a dual carriageway of a 50mph design speed, with junctions limited to the existing main routes through the area.
A report to be presented to councillors next week says: “The East Leeds Extension is the single largest area of allocated green field housing land in the city.
“The area has potential to accommodate up to 7,000 new homes as a significant contribution to the city’s housing growth targets for 2028.
“A critical element of this will be the delivery of a new East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) to support development and offer strategic transport and movement benefits for this part of the city.”
The report acknowledges there will “a number of constraints” to the delivery of the project.
This is because the wide East Leeds Extension area has various individual site development programmes by different landowners and developers. “These require consideration if a practical phasing of construction alongside separate sections of housing development,” the report says.
The council is now hoping to speak extensively to landowners by the end of the year, and a public consultation is expected by Spring next year.
It authority is also applying to the West Yorkshire Transport Fund for £1.31m to help develop the technical elements of the design.
The YEP reported earlier this year that one senior councillor had warned it could actually take developers 24 years to start work on the East Leeds Orbital Road.