Councillors call for good infrastructure to support major East Leeds Extension plans
At a meeting of Leeds City Council’s city plans panel earlier this week councillors looked in detail at the plans for the proposed East Leeds Extension, the development of Thorpe Park and the infrastructure surrounding it.
Plans involve the building of a new orbital road and the Manston Lane Link Road, which would bring significant development to this area of the city. They will require a whole-council approach to working with landowners, stakeholders and communities across the area to ensure the key road and other essential infrastructure is put in place at the right times.
The panel heard position statements regarding several applications from developers. The East Leeds Extension proposal is to build 2,000 new homes along with a retail centre, health centre and provision for new schools and open space. The Thorpe Park applications involve new retail developments, offices and road infrastructure which will form part of the new orbital road.
Detailed applications for the Manston Lane Link Road would connect into the existing highway infrastructure and link to the M1 motorway at junction 46. The formation of a public park comes as part of the current planning consent and requires the developer to deliver a 47 acre public park on the land to the west of Thorpe Park.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
“The East Leeds Extension scheme would bring new housing, employment and a raft of other benefits to the local community, however, there are a number of very significant issues that remain to be concluded to ensure that communities get the best possible outcome from this.
“Before any of the build on these projects starts we need to make sure that the infrastructure to support more traffic to the area is in place.
“Whilst wishing to support new investment at Thorpe Park, the council will be careful to take account of the impact of new retail development on nearby centres and the city centre.
“I am aware of concerns from local people that building homes without the necessary transport infrastructure will lead to problems, which is why the council will be playing a leading role in the delivery of the orbital road and other infrastructure requirements.
“We will be looking at planning for the whole of East Leeds as well as on a site by site basis. We need to make sure that there is a coordination of investment, development and traffic implications across the whole area to ensure all aspects such as shops, schools, health facilities and green spaces along with affordable housing are correctly located.”
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