Skelton aerial view
An aerial view of The Skelton Gate site, Leeds Aire Valley.
Rebecca Wayman

Planning permission approval for 700 more homes at Leeds Aire Valley site

Templegate Developments Limited has secured planning permission from Leeds City Council to build a further 700 homes in the Leeds Aire Valley.

The homes will be built on the 170-acre Skelton Gate site. Templegate is a joint venture partnership of Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments. The total number of houses in this area will rise to 1,800 once construction is complete.

Initial planning consent was granted at the former open cast colliery site, in November 2017, for the creation of a new sustainable community including 1,100 new homes, a primary and secondary school, a local centre and a convenience store.

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.

Peter Garrett, managing director of Keyland Developments, said: “The consent to create a total of 1,800 new homes at Skelton Gate will ensure that the development achieves its full potential as a sustainable community within the Aire Valley.

“The higher total number of homes not only assists in meeting the council’s long-term housing requirements, but also supports the provision of the education facilities on the site including the school, local centre and social and green infrastructure.”

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 Limited is now on-site preparing the ground for development and delivering the Phase 1 infrastructure for the scheme, which is being funded by a £20m 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 £50m.

These works will facilitate the development of the entire scheme, which is set to make a contribution to the region’s housing targets, in addition to enabling the creation of more than 500 new construction and operational jobs.

James Pitt, development director at Evans Property Group, added: “Work is progressing well on-site where the multi-million pound Home Building Fund loan from Homes England has unlocked the first of three phases of development.

“The regeneration of the Aire Valley through a sustainable pattern of development is being realised through collaborative working and the securing of this planning consent for the extra 700 homes at Skelton Gate is a key part of that longer-term strategy.”

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