Barratt David Wilson Homes and GMI Holdings have revealed proposals to build 860 new homes in Scholes, seven miles north-east of Leeds, with 15% of these earmarked as affordable homes for local people or an equivalent financial contribution. The £190m scheme also includes plans for a convenience store, GP surgery and possibly a pharmacy. They are keen to work with the local community to determine exactly what can bring most benefit to the area.
If approved, it could also lead to cash support for nearby secondary education and improvement to the transport network, as well as the development of new recreation and play areas. It is estimated that the scheme will create around 200 new jobs, with the project taking around ten years to complete.
The Leeds office of national planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) are handling the planning application. NLP director Chris Harrison said, “With over 70,000 new homes required by 2028, the development of new sites such as these is needed to address the current housing shortage in Leeds.
“In addition to delivering much needed housing, we are also proposing to make land available in the development for open space, allotments, play areas and other community uses.”
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