The middle quadrant includes homes close to the new spine road. Credit: planning documents

Taylor Wimpey pushes East Leeds plans forward

Reserved matters approval is sought for a total of 294 homes on land owned by the housebuilder and Cullen Land within the middle quadrant of the 575-acre masterplan.

Leeds City Council’s north & east plans panel meets on 29 June to consider two reserved matters applications for the proposed housing in the strategic East Leeds Extension zone.

The Taylor Wimpey site includes space for 250 homes and the Cullen site 44, although both will be built out by the national giant. Outline consent was gained at the city plans panel of November 2021.

Johnson Mowat Planning & Development is advising on the application.

The proposed housing is part of the 800-plus homes proposed for the middle quadrant of the ELE area, a 575-acre plot where up to 5,000 homes could be delivered in the coming years around the edges of Swarcliffe, Whinmoor and Crossgates.

New infrastructure including the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) has been built to enable the delivery of housing. Applications currently in the planning pipeline include 360 homes at Red Hall and a reserved matters application for 463 homes at Whinmoor Fields in the northern quadrant, where 51 homes have been built out following a 2017 consent.

Outline plans for 925 homes for the Pendas Beck southern quadrant were submitted in 2021 and are still being negotiated on.

Taylor Wimpey and Cullen’s reserved matters application adds detail to that previously provided. A mix of housing and flats are proposed to be provided in two different character areas. The southern section of the site adopts a more contemporary design approach for housing, with larger format windows with no head or cill details to give a modern appearance, including flat roofed canopies over front doors.

The second character area in the northern section of the site is more traditional and includes the use of heads and cills, greater focus on the single use of brick, pitched roof canopies over front doors and more symmetrical window sizes.

Most houses would be two-storey and the blocks of flats three-storey.

The majority of the site comprises gently undulating land, currently worked as arable farmland, and spans an area between the A64 York Road in the north and Leeds Road in the south. The western boundary is formed by Cock Beck and adjacent existing woodland, whereas the eastern boundary is formed by ELOR, which is now fully open and in use.

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