Templegate Developments, a joint venture of Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council to construct 700 additional homes on the 170-acre Skelton Gate site in the Leeds Aire Valley, taking the total number of homes to 1,800.
In November 2017, the company secured planning consent for the creation of a new mixed-use sustainable community at Skelton Gate comprising 1,100 new homes, a primary and secondary school, public open space, a local centre and a convenience store as well as associated infrastructure.
With Leeds City Council approving the Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan (AVLAAP), land at Skelton Gate was allocated for an additional 700 dwellings to complement the earlier scheme and to enable sustainable extension to the Main Urban Area.
Evans Property Group development director James Pitt said: “Templegate Developments approached the council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the then established Yorkshire Forward nearly ten years ago to promote closer working on the regeneration potential for the lower Aire Valley.
“The recent allocations under the AAP and this subsequent application for additional homes at Skelton Gate is the culmination of this collaborative working and will further the major investment proposals by Templegate Developments in this significant regeneration scheme.”
As part of the development proposals, Templegate Developments will also transfer its interests in those parts of Skelton Lake within the site to Leeds City Council so that the council can create a new nature reserve in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The company has also committed financial contribution to the ongoing management cost of the nature reserve.
The former open cast colliery site is located to the east of Junction 45 of the M1. More than 500 construction and operational jobs are expected to be created during the delivery of the project.
Keyland Developments managing director Peter Garrett said: “We’re really excited about this development. Our planning application for these additional new homes is intended to complement the existing approved scheme and will make a significant contribution to meeting housing needs in Leeds.
“The extra residential dwellings will not only make a huge difference to the area’s housing provision but will help us create a sustainable pattern of development in the Aire Valley.”
Image: An aerial image of Skelton. Photo: courtesy of Evans Property Group.