plans for a trio of housing developments next to a Leeds village - which could bring almost 450 homes between them - have been approved by a council planning panel.
Proposals for 291 homes in Great North Road, Micklefield, were given the go-ahead, subject to the signing of community contribution agreements. There was also provisional backing for outline plans for two other developments on green fields in the area. During a two-hour debate at Leeds Civic Hall, concerns were raised about infrastructure and amenities. It was estimated that the village - which has 2,000 residents - could grow by 900 people, allowing for an average of two people per new home.
Of particular concern to the City Plans Panel was potential pressure on school places, as the village is currently served by just one small primary school. Coun Graham Latty said the village has 2,000 residents already and the new housing meant potentially a 50 per cent increase.“I haven’t a clue where you would expand the school to,” he said. “Would it be the playground or school field, both of which would be unacceptable I imagine.”
Councillor Peter Gruen stressed the need for co-ordination between the three schemes, especially in relation to offering apprenticeships and employment for locals when building them.
Representatives from developers Barratt and Persimmon said their community contributions package included a £1.2m CIL (community infrastructure levy) agreement. The panel was told construction could start in six months and the first new residents could move in by next Spring.