Plans unveiled for 700 new homes at Skelton Gate

Plans have been unveiled for the construction of a further 700 new homes on the 170-acre Skelton Gate site within the Leeds Aire Valley, taking the total number of homes being brought forward to 1,800.

Templegate Developments Limited, the joint venture partnership of Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, has submitted this planning application to Leeds City Council.

Planning consent was granted in November 2017 for the creation of a new mixed-use sustainable community at Skelton Gate comprising up to 1,100 new homes, a primary and secondary school, public open space, a local centre and a convenience store as well as associated infrastructure.

JPG are engaged as lead consultant to design the infrastructure and development plot arrangements on this 180-acre strategic site which includes circa 70 net developable areas of residential land which will accommodate up to 1,100 new dwellings. A further 700 new dwellings can be accommodated within a planned second development phase.

Skelton Aerial image courtesy of Templegate Developments Ltd

The land has previously been subject to a range of opencast coal mining activities and significant ground investigations are being undertaken to plot the limits of the opencast zones, establish safe build areas and monitor settlement of the made ground. The findings of the site investigation are integrated into a 3D subterranean ground model, from which land data can be established for each land parcel.

As part of the development proposals, Templegate Developments Limited is also transferring its interests in those parts of Skelton Lake within the site to Leeds City Council in order for the Council to create a new nature reserve.

Templegate Developments has also committed to a financial contribution to the ongoing management cost of the nature reserve.

The 170-acre former open cast colliery site is located to the east of Junction 45 of the M1 and its delivery will enable the creation of more than 500 new construction and operational jobs.

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