Taylor Wimpey secures planning approval for 800 homes in Wetherby
Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire has secured outline planning approval from Leeds City Council for a large-scale development in Wetherby.
Comprising up to 800 new homes, a convenience store, primary school and public open spaces, the 98-acre site, named Swinnow Park, will create a new community and bring more than 2,700 jobs and more than £7m in community funding to the area.
A sustainable development, Taylor Wimpey’s proposals for Swinnow Park include eco-friendly transport options and green infrastructure & biodiversity. In addition, the new homes will be designed and constructed using a ‘fabric-first’ approach to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
With a bid to provide new homes for first-time buyers, as well as property steppers, the scheme includes two-to-five-bedroom residences, 35% of which will be affordable housing.
Designed to encourage walking, cycling and an active outdoor lifestyle, Swinnow Park proposals include well-lit pedestrian routes, creation of a pedestrian/cyclist link providing a convenient link to the town centre and provision of a fully-funded ‘hopper’ bus connecting the site to Wetherby station.
It is estimated that 85 construction jobs per annum will be generated over the duration of Swinnow Park’s build period and a further 125 supply chain jobs will be supported per annum as a result of the proposals.
Taylor Wimpey’s plans also include extensive community investment (property media only: through CIL in excess of £7m and Section 106 agreements) which incorporate additional planting of indigenous tree and hedgerow species to enhance wildlife connectivity, creation of a sustainable travel fund and a contribution of £2.7m towards a new two-form entry primary school.
James Poynor, managing director at Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Leeds City Council has approved our proposals, not only as they will provide critically-important housing, but because they will deliver an abundance of wider economic benefits for the community.
“This is an important step in enabling us to bring this allocated site forward, one that we’ve been committed to for many years and we’re now looking positively to the next stage in our journey to bring a new community to Wetherby.”
The detailed reserved matters application can now be progressed in liaison with both Leeds City Council and local groups to develop a sustainable and inspirational place to live.