£20m housing plan unveiled

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Developers have submitted plans to build a £20m new housing scheme in Methley which would see 181 new homes in the village.

Banks Property wants to build the homes on a 7.7-hectare site on Station Road. It says the scheme would bring 120 new jobs, directly and indirectly, with local companies benefiting in the supply of goods and services during the construction phase.

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, said: “We’ve been pleased with the initial response we’ve had from local people to our ideas for the Station Road site.

“The submission of our planning application marks an important milestone.”

A community benefits package worth in excess of £2m will also form part of the overall development offer.

Residents who attended a community exhibition held by Banks in the village identified improving local flood defences around the River Aire as the highest priority for local people.

Other ideas for using the funding included payments towards educational improvements, affordable housing and housing for the elderly, improved public transport, and enhancements to public open space and to green infrastructure.

Mr Shuttleworth added: “The importance attached to improving local flood defences was very clear in the comments we received at our public exhibition and we’re already working up more detailed proposals for how this might be achieved through this project.

“We’re also still very interested in a number of other options that have been suggested and would welcome further ideas from local people.”

The plan is expected to go before Leeds City Council’s city plans panel early in the new year. Visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/mickletown or email mickletown@banksgroup.co.uk for more information.