Developers push on with plans for 700 new homes in Leeds

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Controversial proposals for hundreds of new homes in east Leeds have taken a major step forward.

David Wilson Homes and GMI Developments have submitted an outline application to Leeds City Council for planning permission for up to 700 properties to the east of the village of Scholes, it was confirmed today.

If it gets the green light, the scheme would also include a new primary school, shops, GP surgery and possibly a small pharmacy.

David Wilson and GMI say the development would provide “significant benefits” for Scholes and the wider city economy.

The firms have also submitted an outline planning application to the city council for permission for 45 new homes on land to the west of Scholes.

Views on that scheme have to be registered with the council by Thursday, April 10, while feedback on the larger project must be submitted before Thursday, April 17.

Families in Scholes have repeatedly voiced fears that the proposed developments would wreck their village’s quiet way of life. A public meeting about the plans at St Philips Church in Scholes on Thursday night was attended by around 200 people.

Scholes resident and community planning expert George Hall, who spoke at the meeting, said the turnout showed the strength of local feeling over the proposed schemes.

Mr Hall yesterday told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I expect and certainly hope that every person living in Scholes will have registered an objection to these schemes by the time the closing dates for representations come around.”

Bosses at David Wilson and GMI say that their proposed 700-dwelling development would create nearly 100 full-time construction jobs and boost the local economy to the tune of £11m a year.