New East Leeds road key to supporting city’s housing extension

A new orbital road for East Leeds is essential to meet the anticipated major increase in the numbers of people who need new homes in the coming years, senior councillors will hear next month.

In a report to Leeds City Council’s executive board on 9 January, it is recommended that the council itself needs to take a leading role in ensuring the key road and other essential infrastructure is actually in place.

Councillors will also be asked to approve spending of £150,000 on feasibility work into a new 7km road around the east of the city as part of a major area of long-term housing development.

The East Leeds Orbital Road would be a bypass to the existing Outer Ring Road and is considered critical to the successful development of land known as the East Leeds Extension. This adjoins Whinmoor, Swarcliffe and Cross Gates and when complete could accommodate up to 6,000 new homes and make a significant contribution to the city’s housing needs.

The new road could run east from the Outer Ring Road at Red Hall to Thorpe Park, join a new Manston Lane link road and connect into the M1 via existing roads.

Developers are already coming forward with schemes for new housing in the area, but there are concerns from local people that piecemeal house-building will not deliver the necessary transport infrastructure and facilities that would be vital to the new communities created.

Councillors will also consider lobbying the government for funding for infrastructure to support the East Leeds Extension, which would help achieve housing targets in the council’s draft Core Strategy, approved by the executive board in November.

This sets out broadly how the city’s land will be used up to the year 2028. Under-pinning the strategy is the council’s need to plan in a sustainable way for an anticipated population growth requiring up to 70,000 new homes.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy, Leeds City Council, said:

“There is a compelling case for us to take the lead for the planning and delivery of this essential road, which will be the backbone of the new neighbourhoods. We need to have a co-ordinated approach with developers to support the new area as it grows.

“It is our responsibility to ensure the city’s people have enough housing and we will not allow the spread of new development without supporting local infrastructure and amenities.”

The executive board will also be asked in a separate report to initiate a programme to bring the council’s uncommitted brownfield land in urban areas back into use alongside the emerging proposals for the East Leeds Extension.

This is intended to promote urban regeneration and development in sustainable locations while minimising the impact of growth on greenfield land.

Notes to editors:

The East Leeds Extension (ELE) was identified as a major area of 225 hectares to the east of Leeds with potential to meet future demand for housing in the Unitary Development Plan review in 2006. It was intended not only for housing but also to have accompanying employment, green space, schools and other uses on condition that development could be demonstrated as sustainable.

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