Housing scheme plans on cards as Npower move out

Plans for a new 100-home scheme in Scarcroft are to go on show later this month during a consultation event.

In the latest announcement of major scale development for the Wetherby area, planners have unveiled a proposal for the redevelopment of the Npower offices site after the firm moves to Leeds city centre.

Jeremy Good of planners England and Lyle said: “The masterplan would see the relocation of the YEB offices into the city and the removal of the existing offices building and their replacement with housing.

“We are working up the details but we are proposing development within the brownfield part of the site.

“We are looking to work with the local community to deliver new public open space which will potentially be transferred to the Parish Council, gifting the cricket pitch to the local community and providing a new shop (for which an application has been submitted).

“The scheme will also see the conservation of the listed lodge which will be converted into a series of town houses.”

The consultation event will be held on April 23 between 4 and 7.30pm where further details will be available and residents can call into the site of the proposed new shop (Woodlands Building) on the front of the YEB complex, near to the main A58 route, to review the proposals and provide feedback.

Mr Good added that the plans would see the removal of the large 1970s office building to create a “desirable location” for new housing.

“The redevelopment of this site for residential-led development would represent a sustainable form of development and there are no adverse impacts of granting planning permission in this instance that would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the benefits, namely the supply of much needed housing and the re-use of a previously developed site within the urban area.”

Scarcroft itself has limited facilities, being served by the New Inn public house, cricket club and golf club although the villagers are attempting to revive the social scene using the renovated village hall.

Mr Good added that the scheme, which includes the Grade II listed Scarcroft Lodge has been welcomed by local residents.

Plans for over 200 homes down the A58 at Collingham have been met with objections from the local community, as have major scale proposals for Scholes (700 homes), Thorp Arch (over 2,000) and over 200 at Wetherby’s Spofforth Hill.

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