Developers of 550 new homes 'must give cash for school places'

A new school could be built in a Leeds suburb if plans to create hundreds of homes are given the green light by planners.

The developers of the two sites off the Horsforth ring road have been told they would need to contribute over 2.6 million to help lessen the effects the development will have on the area's already stretched schools.

A report to the city council's Plans Panel West suggests that if West End Primary School can not cope with additional pupils then a new primary would need to be built in Horsforth.

Councillors are set to debate the plans to build 400 homes on the former Clariant site and a further 150 homes on the adjacent Riverside Mills site at a panel meeting on Thursday.

But the proposals have already been met with fierce criticism because of the effect they could have on the local infrastructure - including the effects on education.

Education Leeds has requested a primary education contribution of almost 1.6 million and a further 1 million towards secondary education provision from developers.

Panel members will hear that Clariant is proposing a new bus service from the site to Horsforth station, free Metrocards to almost 60 per cent of households and improvements to Horsforth roundabout.

The developers are also offering a contribution of 50,000 towards footpath and cycle path link improvements to the site and have agreed a contribution for local primary education of almost 3,000 per dwelling.

Over 90 objections have been received over the plans including concerns about the "chaotic" effects it would have on the roundabout and the knock-on effects to local education.

Local councillors, Leeds Civic Trust and Horsforth Civic Society have also submitted objections to the scheme.

The plans will be discussed again by members in March for final determination.

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