Planning permission has been granted by Leeds City Council to build a further 700 new homes at a 170-acre Skelton Gate site in Leeds Aire Valley.
This latest green light – granted to Templegate Developments, the joint venture partnership of Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments – brings the total homes to its Skelton Gate site to 1,800.
Initial planning consent was granted at the former open cast colliery site, to the east of Junction 45 of the M1, in November 2017 for the creation of a new sustainable community including 1,100 new homes, a primary and secondary school, public open space, a local centre and a convenience store, as well as associated infrastructure.
Following Leeds City Council’s Full Council approving the adoption of the Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP), land at Skelton Gate was allocated for a further 700 dwellings, to complement the already consented scheme and to enable a sustainable extension to the “Main Urban Area”.
The latest planning consent to deliver these homes will secure the long-term provision of the necessary physical and social infrastructure to support the development of the site and make a significant contribution to the housing objectives of the Area Action Plan.
Appointed contractor Hall Construction Services is now on-site preparing the ground for development and delivering the Phase 1 infrastructure for the scheme, which is being funded by a £20 million Home Building Fund loan from Homes England, the government’s housing agency.
Phase 1 will deliver 30 net acres of serviced land by Spring 2020.
The Homes England loan is funding the delivery of infrastructure and ground preparation works for all three phases, which in total will cost of over £50 million.
These crucial works will facilitate the development of the entire scheme, which is set to make a significant contribution to the region’s housing targets, in addition to enabling the creation of more than 500 new construction and operational jobs.
As part of the development proposals, Templegate Developments is also transferring its interests in those parts of Skelton Lake within the site to Leeds City Council in order for the Council to create, possibly in partnership with the RSPB, a new nature reserve.
Templegate Developments has also committed to a significant financial contribution to the ongoing management cost of the nature reserve.