East Leeds funds open the door to growth push

Funding announced today as part of the historic £1bn deal with government to accelerate economic growth across Leeds City Region will mean plans to deliver regeneration and housing in Leeds can make significant progress.

The East Leeds Extension is the city’s largest single allocated site for housing development and is expected to make a significant contribution to the overall city-wide requirement for 70,000 new homes by 2028. The funding will enable preparatory site works and relocation of council facilities to provide land for the East Leeds Orbital Road, with further funds to assist the development of brownfield sites in other parts of East Leeds.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership has made a commitment to secure at least £64.5m of other funding, mainly from developers, with central government adding up to £5.1m (£2.6m in 2015/16) to kick start development in this area, as part of the wider investment plan for the region.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:

“I’m delighted the government have listened to the really strong case we have made for the funds and freedom which will allow us to make sure we can deliver long term strategic housing, infrastructure and development. These will form a major part of the Leeds economy in coming decades.

“Of course, these plans are about more than roads, homes and businesses. Local residents will expect high quality design, space standards and connectivity. Through our role in the planning process we are seeking to share this vision with all developers in Leeds.”

Leeds City Council has already committed to make the most of its role in ensuring community infrastructure to support housing development is provided in the right locations and at the right times.

Councillor Gruen added:

“This project will require clear strategy for providing green space, local retail, health and active recreation, new school places, public transport facilities and for pedestrian and cycle routes.”

Notes for editors:

Growth Deals provide funds to local enterprise partnerships or LEPs (partnerships between local authorities and businesses) for projects that benefit the local area and economy. The first wave of Growth Deals was announced on 7 July 2014.

More information about the announcement is available here:


Further details of the East Leeds Extension are provided in the January 2014 report to the Council’s Executive Board here: http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s106997/East%20Leeds%20Extension%20FINAL.pdf

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