Applications to build a total of 971 new homes across eight council-owned brownfield sites in Seacroft, Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe in phases over the next 10 years have been approved by Leeds City Council’s north and east plans panel.
All of the developments form part of the council’s Brownfield Land Programme, working with development partners Keepmoat and Strata. The new homes will be a mix of two, three and four-bed houses, and will include a proportion of affordable housing.
Apart from demonstrating the commitment to developing brownfield land to meet the city’s housing needs, the project also aims to support sustainable communities by offering a range of housing mix and choice, better connected neighbourhoods through improved transport links and greenspace.
Building the new houses is anticipated to create approximately 170 new jobs for local people and around 40 apprenticeship opportunities over the lifetime of the project.
Extensive consultation with the local community, councillors and key stakeholders has taken place on the plans, with the Leeds Civic Trust praising the applications as ‘exemplary’.
The sites to be developed by Keepmoat are as follows:
• Cartmell Drive, Halton Moor (45 properties)
• Rathmell Road and Kendal Drive, Halton Moor (109)
• Wykebeck Avenue and Wykebeck Mount, Osmondthorpe (102)
• York Road and South Parkway, Seacroft (33)
• Seacroft Crescent, Seacroft (49)
• Brooklands Avenue/Drive and Parkway Close, Seacroft (272)
The sites to be developed by Strata are:
• Former Asket Hill Primary School/Kentmere Approach (245 properties
• Bishops Way, Seacroft (116 properties)
As part of the project, a new road and bus route link will be built connecting North Parkway and South Parkway, while there will also be dedicated pedestrian and cycle links put in place. This will help improve connectivity for the whole area, including improving roads and walking routes close to the David Young Community Academy.
The schemes will also make a significant commitment to the development of the new Killingbeck Meadows Natural Flood Management Scheme, which as well as helping to alleviate flood risk in the area through sustainable drainage will also become an attractive new public space with landscaping, planting and paths.
Further sites in the Brownfield Land Programme will be coming forward to the market in the months to come, with the first expected to be at Beckhills in Meanwood next month.