June 29, 2015 | Mickletown, Leeds News
Planning approval for a new high quality residential property scheme which will both help to meet a recognised need for more housing across the Leeds City Council area and address long-term local flooding issues in the area has been issued.
Developer Banks Property put forward proposals for 181 new family homes on a 7.7 hectare site on Station Road, Methley, to the South East of the city.
And after the scheme was recommended for approval by the City Council’s planning officers and passed by the members of its City Plans Panel, the formal planning permission documentation has now been issued.
Around 120 new jobs will 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.
An associated planning agreement package worth in excess of £4m also forms part of the overall development package, with a substantial proportion of this now to be directed towards improving local flood defences around the River Aire, a project which was highlighted to Banks as local people’s highest priority for using this funding.
The plans that Banks worked up in response to this needs will significantly reduce the flood risk faced by over 100 existing Mickletown households, and have previously been endorsed by the Environment Agency and Leeds City Council’s Flood Risk Management Section.
Other areas in which resources from the package will be allocated include education, green open spaces, improved public transport, highways improvements and affordable housing.
Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “We’ve had a lot of local support for our Station Road plans, as well as clear recognition of the benefits that it could help bring to the local area, so we’re very pleased that we’ll now be able to get on with realising our proposals.
“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’re very confident that the type of project we’ll be progressing at Station Road would prove very popular with homebuyers.
“Flooding-related issues were sadly very high up the national news agenda earlier this year, but even before this, the local importance attached to improving the defences on the River Aire was very clear from the comments received at our public exhibition and in other community forums. We moved to respond to this as part of our proposals, and the members of the Plans Panel were particularly keen to see the measures that we’ve outlined put into place.
“We’re very grateful to all the local people who supported this project in the run-up to planning approval being secured, and will now look to finalise the details surrounding the scheme as quickly as we can, so we can move it forward.”