Calls to look at traffic as M1 Leeds homes plans debated

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planners have been asked to consider ways to reduce the impact of traffic as part of proposals to create up to 1,800 new homes next to a Leeds stretch of the M1.

Templegate Developments Ltd are behind the proposed scheme, which would also include a “new concept motorway service area” and local facilities on a land known as Skelton Gate.

The site sits to the southern side of junction 45 of the M1. As well as homes, the development would include a food store, local centre and at least one primary school.

Members of Leeds City Council’s plans panel welcomed the proposals but raised concerns about sustainability and transport to and from the residential site.

Councillor David Blackburn (Green Party, Farnley and Wortley) said: “It looks like you have got the right idea but it all comes down to sustainability and whether you can travel from the site without depending on your own transport.

“There is a lot of work to do to ensure the scheme is delivered in a sustainable way.”

Coun Stuart McKenna (Lab, Garforth and Swillington) added: “I see a lot of potential with this development.

“However, flooding is a real issue in the area and over the years it has caused a lot of problems. Pontefract Lane was flooded years ago. In principle, it would be nice to have a little village there but I’d like to see more on flooding and the highways.”

The YEP revealed earlier it is thought that 1,100 houses would be earmarked initially. But this could increase by a further 700 on Green Belt land at a later date, pending the outcome of Leeds City Council’s Site Allocations Plan, which is awaiting submission to the Secretary of State and examination by an inspector. The panel’s comments will be fed back to the developer ahead of the submission of a full planning application.