New homes and community facilities proposed for Scholes

News / 2 February 2018

A new residential development of 300 homes has been proposed for the village of Scholes, in outer North East Leeds. David Wilson Homes and GMI Property through its subsidiary, Scholes Development Company have submitted an outline application for a mixed-use site. This comprises of high-quality family homes, 35% of which would be affordable housing, as well as a new public park adjoining the existing cricket ground, a GP surgery and pharmacy and a convenience store.

Situated between Rakehill Road and Main Street in Scholes, the development will play a key part in helping to deliver new homes in Leeds and provide a vital boost to healthcare services in the area. In addition to enhanced local amenities and support for the local job market, the site would create a significant new public green space in the village. As part of the proposals, David Wilson Homes and GMI Property have offered to gift some land adjoining to the existing primary school to the community. This would enable the local school to expand and also to provide much needed improvements to car parking and drop off arrangements.

The outer North East of Leeds is required to deliver around 3,470 new homes by 2028. The proposed development at Scholes would be a significant contribution towards achieving this total, and would utilise safeguarded land, rather than green belt space. This safeguarded allocation is part of the current Leeds Unitary Development Plan, meaning it has been reserved for future development when required. The development would also greatly reduce the pressure on the need to provide a new and unsustainable settlement in the Green Belt on the eastern edge of Leeds at Parlington.

Chris Gilman, Managing Director of the GMI Property Group commented, “This proposed development would provide much needed quality, family homes and affordable housing, and comes with many wider benefits to the local community including direct employment, services and shops.”

David Coe, Land Director at Barratt Developments, commented, “We are confident that the proposed development would enhance the Scholes area. The scheme would attract a CIL payment in excess of £1.5 million, 25% of which would go directly to the Parish Council to be spent locally and would have huge benefits for the local school and surrounding community.”


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