Morley set to benefit from £15 million homes plan

New plans for a £15 million housing development in Morley by housebuilder Redrow Homes have been approved, including a community windfall of almost £1.5 million.

Planning consent for the Weavers’ Chase development of 62 homes on six acres of land off Albert Road, which is close to Morley town centre and six miles south west of Leeds, has been granted by Leeds City Council.

Planning permission for 63 residential units on the site was originally granted in September 2015. This revised permission reduces the number of homes by one to 62, adds a secondary access into the site and has made some changes to the mix and siting of the homes as well as to the house types. The site will be landscaped to incorporate new planting and areas of public open space.

A community package, in association with the development, totals just under £1.5 million and includes the provision of nine affordable homes to the value of just over £1 million, as well as a raft of other local benefits.

The private sale homes will feature a mix of semi-detached and detached three and four-bedroom homes in a range of styles. All will have a private garden and parking. The site will also introduce new public green space and trees, all aimed at enhancing the sense of community.

Section 106 contributions will deliver an additional £10,000 towards public transport infrastructure and £16,500 to implement and manage an agreed travel plan. Large areas of the site will be retained as green space, while £97,000 will be given to fund off-site public open spaces. New occupants will also benefit from a Metro Card, which provides 12 months’ free use of public transport, thanks to a further contribution of £37,000.

Under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) a total of £294,795 will go to Leeds City Council to spend on local infrastructure such as roads, schools and healthcare.

Redrow’s new homes will be from the company’s popular Heritage Collection, inspired by the ‘Arts and Crafts’ period of the late 19th/ early 20th century, an enduring style which remained popular for homes in later periods, especially the 1930s. With an emphasis on individuality and traditional craftsmanship, typical features include dropped-eaves, bay windows decorative roof finials, tiled canopies above doorways and the use of timber.

Matthew Barker, land director of Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) said:

“This development in Morley further emphasises our commitment to building high quality, sustainable housing in great locations in Yorkshire. It will help to meet growing demand from buyers, while adding local value, and offers a choice of homes to suit different lifestyle needs.

“The provision of affordable homes as part of the new build process plays a significant role in achieving local strategy targets and we are pleased to be doing this in Morley. Supporting people onto the housing ladder is one of many ways we help to create sustainable communities.”

Morley benefits from good schools and transport links, a wide choice of shops and plenty of leisure opportunities on the doorstep. Morley railway station is within easy walking distance of Weavers’ Chase, with all the city of Leeds has to offer just a 12 minute train ride or a short car journey away.

Works have now commenced on site and the development will launch for sales in October this year.

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