Land East of Scholes Update

This consultation is now closed.  GMI & Barratt David Wilson Homes (West Yorkshire) would like to thank all who contributed their thoughts and ideas.

Background

On behalf of GMI and Barratt David Wilson Homes (West Yorkshire) we are to submit an outline planning application for the development of circa 300 dwellings with access points on land immediately east of Scholes.

Responding to concerns and suggestions raised at previous consultations, the revised proposal is for circa 300 dwellings including a second point of vehicular access a number of on-site, off-site community benefits and the gifting of land to enable the Scholes Elmet Primary School to expand and provide a new access, parking and drop off arrangements.   This offer will sit alongside other planning gains such as 35% affordable housing and Community Infrastructure payments should the application be approved.

In addition to housing, the Masterplan shows a number of community benefits including:

  • Doctors’ surgery and associated Pharmacy, (discussions with local GP Practices is ongoing and looks positive),
  • a small A1 retail unit located alongside the surgery, and
  • significant areas of new public greenspace.

All of the above would act as a focal point of the development and located in the central area on the western edge.

These facilities would also be accessible to existing residents by the creation of a new walkway off Belle Vue Avenue.

The  draft masterplan can be viewed here:  Scholes-P13-4760-302-ILLUSTRATIVE-MASTERPLAN-12.12.17.pdf (294 downloads)

A letter informing and updating local residents can be viewed here:   Scholes-Public-Information-letter-13-December-2017.pdf (171 downloads)

Background and Update:

A previous application in 2014 for a larger proposal of 700 dwellings including an Extra Care facility was refused by Leeds Council on the grounds that the application was too large and too early.  Given that at that time the Council were in the process of developing a new Local Plan.  The applicants appealed against this decision but later withdrew this to continue further discussions with the Council.

Since that time the Council has progressed its’ Local Plan which now includes Green Belt land at Aberford for housing whilst retaining this site as ‘safeguarded land’.   For the avoidance of doubt, this land east of Scholes is not Green Belt, nor do the Council intend to return this land to Green Belt – it is land ‘safeguarded’ for development.  Our clients therefore disagree with the Council’s preference for developing Green Belt.

It is not uncommon for ‘safeguarded land’ to be granted planning permission by the Council and developed sooner than anticipated in order to meet the shortfall in residential dwellings and housing land supply required of the Council.  Indeed circa 50% of all current ‘safeguarded land’ identified in the 2006 UDP has been approved for residential development in the District over recent years.

Therefore this site, with reduced proposals, can be considered a much better proposition than removing land from the Green Belt.