June 17, 2013 | Community News
New plans for a residential property development which could help meet a recognised need for more housing across the Leeds City Council area are set to go on display for the first time.
Developer Banks Property is putting forward plans to build around 200 new family homes on a 7.6 hectare site on Station Road, Methley, to the south-east of the city, and will be holding a public exhibition of their outline plans at Methley Village Centre between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 25 June.
A community benefits package would form part of the overall development offer, which would enable Banks to make substantial improvements to be made to the local community if the project is approved.
A number of initial ideas for how this funding might best be used have been developed by Banks, including improving the local flood defences around the River Aire, affordable housing and housing for the elderly, improved public transport, enhancements to public open space and to green infrastructure or payments towards educational improvements.
The company is also looking for further ideas from local people on how the benefits package might be allocated to address what residents see as their community’s priorities.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to speak to members of the Banks project team about their ideas on how the funds could be spent, as well as being able ask any questions they have to members of the Banks team about the details of the wider proposals.
New jobs would be created on site during the construction of the Station Road scheme, and local supply chain businesses ranging from building contractors and materials suppliers through to caterers and accommodation providers would be able to bid for contracts relating to the project.
Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “There is an acknowledged and increasingly pressing need to increase the supply of new homes across the Leeds area, which will make it more feasible for young families to both stay in or move to the areas in which they want to live.
“We strongly believe that the type of project we’re looking to progress at Station Road would both prove very popular with homebuyers and would also bring other tangible benefits to the local area.
“As the long-term developers of the site, we have been examining how this scheme might be used to make improvements to the community which would meet local priorities without having any impact on the stretched public purse.
“However, we’re very keen to ensure that the resources that would follow with this project would be used in a way which reflects real local priorities, and we are hoping that as many people as possible will come along to the exhibition on 25 June to tell us how they think these funds might best be used.
“The initial briefings meetings we’ve held so far with community representatives about what we have in mind have been generally very positive, and we will ensure that local people have every opportunity to have their say over the coming months on a project that we believe will make a huge positive difference to the area.”
Anyone looking for further information on the Station Road proposal, but who is unable to attend the exhibition, should contact the Banks project team on 0844 209 1515 or via firstname.lastname@example.org