October 29, 2013 | Community News
Plans for a new £20m residential property scheme which could help to meet a recognised need for more housing across the Leeds City Council area and also address long-term flooding issues in the area have been submitted for planning approval.
Developer Banks Property is looking to build 181 new family homes on a 7.7 hectare site on Station Road, Methley, to the south-east of the city.
Around 120 new jobs would be directly and indirectly created by the Station Road scheme, with local companies benefiting in the supply of goods and services during the construction phase.
A community benefits package worth in excess of £2m will also form part of the overall development offer, and feedback from a recent community exhibition held by Banks in the village identified improving local flood defences around the River Aire as the highest priority for local people.
Other ideas for using the funding included payments towards educational improvements, affordable housing and housing for the elderly, improved public transport, and enhancements to public open space and to green infrastructure.
Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “We’ve been pleased with the initial response we’ve had from local people to our ideas for the Station Road site, and the submission of our planning application marks an important milestone in what we think would be a very popular, high quality residential development.
“There is an increasingly urgent need to increase the supply of new homes across the Leeds area, which will make it more feasible for young families to stay in or move to the areas in which they want to live, and we strongly believe that the type of project we’re looking to progress at Station Road would prove very popular with homebuyers.
“The importance attached to improving local flood defences was very clear in the comments we received at our public exhibition and we’re already working up more detailed proposals for how this might be achieved through this project. We’re also still very interested in a number of other options that have been suggested and would welcome further ideas from local people.”
The Station Road planning application is expected to go before Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel early in the New Year.