East Leeds: Homes scheme in the spotlight

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Council planning chiefs are set to run the rule over proposals for a massive housing development in east Leeds.

The 2,000-home scheme would be built on land between the A58 Wetherby Road and the A64 York Road, to the north and east of Whinmoor.

It would include retail, health and community facilities as well as primary school provision.

As things stand, the so-called Northern Quadrant project would also include the construction of an A58-to-A64 segment of the new East Leeds Orbital Road.

Proposed by a consortium led by private firm Persimmon, the scheme as a whole has been in the pipeline for some time and tomorrow (Jan 29) a Leeds City Council plans panel will be given an update on its progress.

An internal council report compiled for members of the plans panel outlines concerns raised by existing local residents about the possible impact of the development. They include:

* The amount of extra traffic that could end up using routes such as Coal Road;

* Poor drainage on parts of the site and the potential effect on Cock Beck;

* “Irreparable harm” being inflicted on the archaeology and cultural heritage of the area;

* Consideration needing to be given to the provision of land for tram or train links.

The report concludes: “This is a large scale development that raises significant and complex planning issues.”

It goes on to say that members of the panel had been “generally comfortable with the principle of development” when a number of those issues were raised at previous meetings. The report warns, however, that “there are a number of issues that remain to be resolved”.

* As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this month, Leeds is aiming to build a total of 66,000 new homes by 2028.

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