Bumper £200m resi scheme in Leeds gets green light

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A strategy to physique 1,437 homes connected brownfield onshore successful Leeds has been fixed the go-ahead.

The 13-acre improvement plan, headed by Clarion Housing’s improvement arm, Latimer, includes 503 affordable homes and volition adhd 355 pupil homes for the city. Eleven blocks of 8 to 17 storeys volition beryllium built arsenic portion of the plan, which received the greenish airy from Leeds City Council connected Thursday.

Latimer’s program volition see the improvement of a caller parkland adjacent to the River Aire, a stream crossing and commercialized space. The steadfast is acceptable to put much than £200m successful the scheme, known arsenic Kirkstall Road. It was designed by London-based designer Broadway Malyan.

Work volition commencement this summertime and is scheduled for completion successful 2029.

The tract itself has remained unused for 30 years. Latimer bought Kirkstall Road successful September 2020, and had primitively planned to commencement enactment successful aboriginal 2021. At the clip of publication, Clarion had not provided a crushed for the delay.

Clarion said astir 270 caller jobs volition beryllium created each twelvemonth until 2029, including 100 apprenticeships implicit the people of the build.

Clarion radical manager of improvement Richard Cook said: “Our task volition kickstart improvement connected the Kirkstall Road corridor, creating an exemplar and sustainable mixed-use assemblage for the city.

“We privation this improvement to acceptable the benchmark for caller lodging successful Leeds, including a important fig of affordable homes for those who request them most,” helium added.

Brownfield developments person go a absorption of the operation manufacture of late, aft lodging caput Michael Gove enactment specified developments astatine the centre of the government’s levelling-up plans successful February. He besides announced that metro mayors would person £120m to walk connected brownfield projects.

Earlier this week, Watkin Jones was given the go-ahead for 2 brownfield residential jobs, successful London and Belfast. This intimately followed progress astatine a £155m brownfield site successful York, which volition present up to 2,500 caller homes. Property services institution JLL was appointed to that scheme.