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Plans for 550 new homes and school near Otley

Plans for 550 new homes and school near Otley

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Richard Beecham at 11:46am 10th February 2020. (Updated at 11:51am 10th February 2020)

Plans to create 550 houses, a new road and a primary school near Otley are set to go before Leeds planning chiefs this week.

  • Plans for more than 500 new homes and a new primary school will go before Leeds City Council.  
  • The proposed site is to the east of Otley.  
  • More than a third of the houses would be ‘social or affordable rented’.

Leeds City Council officers claim a site to the east of Otley represents ‘a significant opportunity’ for the council to contribute to its own housing targets, and plans to submit a planning application for the site.

A document, set to go before the authority’s decision-making executive board, added more than a third of the houses would be ‘social or affordable rented’, while the site would require a construction of a new primary school and new relief road.

'Significant opportunity' 

The authority claims the planned east of Otley relief road (EORR) would connect Leeds Road to Pool Road, and could help reduce traffic congestion in Otley Town Centre.

The plans will go before Leeds City Council
The plans will go before Leeds City Council

The document stated:

“The site presents a significant opportunity to deliver a high-quality mixed-use and sustainable extension of Otley and in so doing make a major contribution to the delivery of the city’s Core Strategy objectives and the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy.

“The development of the site requires a new East of Otley Relief Road (EORR) to service the development and for the wider benefit of relieving traffic congestion, improving the environment of Otley town centre and helping to grow the local economy as a whole. It will entail the delivery of the following development outcomes.”

Otley Chevin 1

The council now wants permission from its decision-makers to spend £2.245m, which would go towards work on the road, as well as the submission for a planning application.

Officers added five hectares of the site would be given over to employment land, while public green space and sports facilities would also be delivered.

Council officers claim plans have taken so long to come forward due to ‘challenging ground conditions’ on the site, including a historic landslip at Otley Chevin.