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Armley: Affordable homes plan for former Tower Works industrial site

A former industrial site in Armley could be transformed into 50 affordable houses and apartments, if a new planning application gets the go ahead, writes John Baron.

Applicants Yorkshire Housing are the biggest housing association based solely in Yorkshire and want to build 27 new houses and one block of 23 apartments on the demolished Tower Works site, off Moorfield Road.

They say the new development would be 100% affordable housing.

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A design and access statement submitted with the application says houses would be a mix of one, two, three and four bedrooms and the apartments would have a mix of one and two bedrooms. Access would be off Moorfield Road.

The statement concludes: “The intention of the revised scheme [is to] both meet Yorkshire Housing’s needs and local authority requirements and finally create a positive conclusion to this vacant site.

“We believe the revised proposals achieve the above and we welcome positive local and government support for the proposals.”

The plans can be viewed in full here.

As reported by WLD in 2017, developers KMRE Group – which also owns the land – received planning permission to build an access road with 25 apartments and 26 three and four-bed family homes on the site.

But the three-year planning consent has since lapsed thanks, in part, to the Covid-19 pandemic, so Yorkshire Housing has returned with fresh proposals for the site, supported by KMRE.

Tower Works used to house the now demolished Leeds Meter Company, which was formed in 1931. It later became Kent Meters and then ABB Kents.

The former Tower Works in Armley demolished several years ago. Photo: Goole Street Map

Planning permission was also granted for the construction of 53 flats and 9 houses on the site in December 2009.

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