Parks in Leeds set to benefit from section 106 money following three housing developments

Three open spaces received a £400,000 in funding last week from housing developers to offset their building projects with improved open spaces.

Queen’s Park in Leeds will benefit from new trees and furniture, two new play areas, wider paths and a multiuse games area, costing £290,000.

Visitors to nearby Rodley Park will see re-laid paths, new entrance gates and new park furniture.

As part of the £77,000 project, a bowling green will be remodelled to blend into the park.

The third space is a new community garden in Woodhouse, designed and co-ordinated by Groundwork Leeds. This will receive £30,000 from builders.

Councillor Peter Gruen said: "It is important developers who do not, or are unable to, provide sufficient open space as part of their development pay a financial contribution that can be pooled with other money and used to improve the city’s open spaces.

"Leeds is a very green city and therefore ensuring our open spaces are kept in good condition is a priority," he said of the section-106 contributions.

Leeds City Council has collected almost £12m from housing developers over the last 10 years. This money has been invested in a wide range of improvement projects from woodland planting, new paths and park furniture and pitch drainage.


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