Up to 1,800 new homes could be created off the M1 at Leeds

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Initial proposals for up to 1,800 new homes next to a Leeds stretch of the M1 are to be unveiled to plans chiefs this week.

A pre-application presentation for a major development on fields off M1 Junction 45 to Junction 44 slip will be put before Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel on Thursday. A report to the committee says the proposal, from Templegate Developments Ltd, is “a significant scheme in terms of its size, economic impact and contribution to housing delivery”, but stresses priority must be given to “good quality place making” to really help the project fly.

The site sits to the southern side of junction 45 of the M1. As well as homes, the development would include a food store, local centre and at least one primary school.

It is thought that 1,100 houses would be earmarked initially. But this could increase by a further 700 on Green Belt land at a later date, pending the outcome of Leeds City Council’s Site Allocations Plan, which is awaiting submission to the Secretary of State and examination by an inspector.

The report prepared by council officers says: “The pre-application proposals involve the erection of a significant number of houses, together with local facilities on land known as Skelton Gate lying to the south of junction 45 on the M1 motorway. The size of the residential scheme has the potential to create a significant new community and so it is important that a high priority is given to good quality place making.”

It is acknowledged that the site is “in a relatively isolated location, being away from other residential areas and therefore not having the benefit of nearby bus services”.

“Accordingly, thought needs to be given to public transport accessibility – either services entering the development or a shuttle bus linking to the new Park and Ride site at Temple Green,” the document adds.

The committee is being asked to offer initial comments, which will be fed back to the developer ahead of the submission of a full planning application. Templegate Development Ltd is a joint venture between Keyland Developments Limited and Evans Property Group, who are already driving forward the wider Aire Valley Leeds vision.

Leeds City Council chiefs have set themselves a target to build 70,000 new homes by 2028 to plug chronic shortages.