Pudsey Beck: Major wetland scheme plans due in ‘coming weeks’

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An artist's impression of the new wetland area off Hough Side Road, Pudsey.

Plans for a multi-million pound wetland scheme in Pudsey will be submitted to Leeds City Council in the ‘coming weeks’, Yorkshire Water has confirmed.

As reported last year, Yorkshire Water have proposed a major scheme to improve the water quality of Pudsey Beck and reducing storm overflows that carry sewage wastewater into the beck. 

The scheme will introduce a wetlands greenspace which will use plants to naturally treat storm wastewater on land previously earmarked for housing, off Hough Side Road. A public consultation on the proposals was held in March.

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson today told WLD: “We are still planning to construct a wetland at Hough Side. We have been reviewing our plans in recent months and will be submitting them to the council for approval in the coming weeks.”

A social media post by Pudsey councillor Simon Seary (Cons) confirmed five other projects proposed in or around Pudsey and West Leeds have been put ‘under review’ to look for ‘greener and more cost effective solutions’. The projects included installing or improving storm water storage at locations including Farnley Ring Road, Dale Farm in Drighlington, Kent Road and Smalewell in Pudsey, and Thornbury in Bradford.

The scheme was originally due to cost £36 million, but costs had risen to £50m.

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