Housing boost to local economy says builders

A housing developer says its proposed application for 45 family homes in Scholes will boost the local economy by £3m and create more than 43 jobs.

An outline planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council for a new David Wilson Homes development on Morwick Grove in the village, which is hot on the heels of the recent Leeds Core Strategy Inspector’s report which confirms a requirement to deliver at least 70,000 homes or 4,375 homes a year over the period 2012–2028.

A spokesperson on behalf of David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West and GMI said: “We believe that the Inspector’s conclusions place a great emphasis on the need to release land for new homes immediately in order to meet the City’s housing needs and this is exactly what our planning application at Scholes seeks to do.

“This site is readily available and our outline application for 45 new homes aims to deliver a high quality housing development that is sympathetic to the character of the area, as well as providing a number of economic and social benefits including employment opportunities and local improvements to infrastructure.”

“They added: “The development is a joint venture between David Wilson Homes and GMI Developments and will see 45 quality, family homes delivered to the village of Scholes, creating more than 43 jobs, which will boost the local economy by £3m as well as providing much needed local housing.”

The site has been identified since 2001 as a suitable location to meet long term development needs and is allocated as a Protected Area of Search (PAS) in the Leeds Unitary Development Plan.

Developers say the mix of high quality family homes with include 15 per cent of affordable housing.

A public exibition held in Scholes Village Hall last September has resulted in a reduction in the number of houses proposed and a revised access to prevent the creation of further access off Station Road.

Many objections have been lodged with Leeds City Council on the planning application.

One, Caroline White of Elmete Avenue, said she whole heartedly objected to the application.

“Having lived in the same house for 40-plus years I have seen with my own eyes the detrimental effect all this extra house building is having on the village as a whole.”

Her main reasons for objection included additional traffic, impact on the environment and wildlife, village character and flooding fears.