New Leeds park and ride could sit in ‘car city’ suburb

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Leeds’s second park and ride scheme could sit in a new ‘car city’ suburb as part of a wider redevelopment vision for Leeds’ Aire Valley Enterprise Zone.

Initial proposals for the 1,000-space facility will come before planning chiefs for the first time next week.

As revealed in the YEP last month, land to the west of junction 45 of the M1 has already been earmarked for the scheme.

It would sit on a 10.5 hectare site to the south of Pontefract Lane. The wider site was once used for open cast mining as part of the former Waterloo Colliery.

A new report, to be debated by the council’s City Plans 
Panel next week, reveals that as well as the park and ride, the site would house a petrol filling station and a number of car dealerships.

“The development proposal involves the remediation and re-grading of the identified site and the laying out of a 1,000 space Park and Ride facility,” the report says.

“Alongside these works, a petrol filling station and a number of car dealerships are proposed.”

The park and ride scheme is expected to include a 15-minute express bus service to the city centre and new cycle and footpath links.

A planning application for all three elements is expected to be submitted in one go.

The announcement of the Pontefract Lane park and ride follows the start of construction work last month on the 800-space Elland Road park and ride, the city’s first, which is due to open in time for the city’s hosting of the first stage of the Tour de France cycle race this summer.

The site for the proposed new scheme lies in the wider Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone, which includes 142 hectares of development space which, it is hoped, will ultimately house a range of manufacturing firms and offices and up to 7,000 workers.

The Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone was launched with Government backing in 2012. It has been aiming to attract investment by offering reduced business rates.

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