Green light for Enterprise Zone park and ride plans
Planning permission has been granted for the city’s second park and ride site to date.
The 1000-space car park and transport interchange hub will be located within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone and play an integral part in the zone’s development and investment.
The new facility at Temple Green Road will be easily accessed from the M1 Junction 45 via East Leeds Link and Bell Wood roundabout.
The plans, submitted jointly by Leeds City Council and Temple Green site developers Aire Valley Land (a partnership between Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments) include an area for bus drop-off and pick-up with associated passenger shelters, terminal building and cycle storage facilities.
Alongside the proposals for the park and ride, outline planning permission was agreed for a petrol filling station and a number of car dealerships.
The new park-and-ride facility will be delivered by Leeds City Council and operated in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority. It is expected to be operational in 2016 and intends to provide a frequent bus service of every 15 minutes or better from the site to the city centre. The £8.5m scheme is one of the first to be funded the recently established West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Fund.
The city’s first large scale park and ride facility opened at Elland Road in June 2014. Developing park and ride in Leeds has been identified by the council as a key part of the wider transport strategy for reducing traffic congestion in Leeds and encouraging commuters to switch to more sustainable modes of travel.
Councillor Jim McKenna, chair of the city plans panel said:
“The development makes a number of positive contributions to the city including supporting sustainable development and forms an essential component of the council’s transport strategy to manage traffic and travel in the city.”
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for transport and the economy, said:
“This park and ride scheme is an integral part in the development of the Enterprise Zone unlocking a key site and acting as a catalyst for further development growth and job creation.
“We’re pleased that more people are choosing to use park and ride at Elland Road, and we’re encouraged by feedback we’re receiving. The average use on a weekday is now approaching 200 cars and we are expecting this to continue to increase. Receiving planning approval represents another step on the road to providing a network of park and ride sites across the city, easing congestion and cutting pollution in the city centre.”
Councillor James Lewis, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:
“This park and ride would complement the 4,500-plus existing spaces at West Yorkshire’s rail stations and the 800-space facility at Elland Road.
“Park and ride is a key method of reducing congestion and improving people’s journeys and to relieve the very high levels of demand on current spaces, feasibility work to investigate developing further park and ride spaces at 18 local stations is being funded though the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund.”
The new site will complement the £2.8m park-and-ride project near Leeds United’s Elland Road ground, a joint collaboration between the council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus firm First.
Ground remediation and access road construction is due to start in November this year, with construction work on the new 1,000 space park and ride facility is scheduled to begin in summer 2015.
Use of the land for park and ride forms a key part of the £8.57 million funding package agreed with central government to accelerate development of Temple Green and other sites within the enterprise zone.
The funding agreement paves the way for an immediate start on preparing development platforms, essential engineering work and road infrastructure and building the first of a series of industrial units to attract modern manufacturing companies into the enterprise zone.
Notes to editors
The 142 hectare enterprise zone was designated in 2012 in the lower Aire Valley, less than 3 km to the south east of Leeds city centre. It is a spatial priority within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Strategic Economic Plan as a prime investment opportunity, highlighting the zone’s significant potential to create employment, particularly in the manufacturing industries. The zone is a key component of the City Region’s inward investment offer to business investors from elsewhere in the UK and overseas. It is the primary source of accessible large sites, thereby offering the main opportunity for job creation in the region.
Leeds City Council has worked with developers to accelerate development in the zone by underwriting development and funding infrastructure work, and has now secured grant funding worth £8.57m from the Government's ‘Building Foundations for Growth’ programme that will pave the way for work to begin on site at Thornes Farm, Logic Leeds and Temple Green.
Temple Green, the largest of the development sites in the enterprise zone, has planning consent for over 2.2 million sq ft of development covering a range of uses including large scale manufacturing and distribution. Aire Valley Land, a partnership between Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, has been established to develop the site.
The scheme would be subject to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s agreed three-stage Gateway Approval Process.
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