Leeds City Council seeking to sell off land for housing

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COUNCIL chiefs in Leeds are seeking to sell off 90 acres of local authority-owned brownfield land in east and north Leeds as part of a bid to meet a target of 70,000 new homes for the city by 2028.

A total of 15 council-owned sites in Seacroft, Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe and Meanwood, are the first in the city being considered for sale with more to follow in other areas of Leeds.

The council is proposing to market the sites to housing developers via the government’s homes and communities agency.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “We’re committed to a ‘brownfield first’ approach when it comes to meeting the future housing needs of the city and have a large amount of previously developed land which it’s in everybody’s interest to see brought back into use.

“Delivery of new housing on brownfield sites not only has the benefit of reducing pressure for development on less sustainable greenfield land, but it also supports the regeneration of neighbourhoods in these areas.

“By disposing of these sites through the homes and communities agency scheme we can ensure our offer is attractive to developers and put into action much more quickly, therefore seeing hundreds of new homes built over the next 10 years.”

Brownfield land is being considered for sale in Seacroft at the Former Asket Hill Primary School site and on Kentmere Approach, Old York Road, Brooklands Avenue, Parkway Close, Brooklands Drive, Bishop’s Way and Seacroft Crescent North.

In Halton Moor, the council is considering selling land on Cartmell Drive, Kendal Drive and Rathmell Road.

In Osmondthorpe, brownfield land on Wykebeck Mount east and west could be sold and land at Beckhill Approach and Beckhill Grove in Meanwood could be sold.