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Armley: Co-housing plan could lead to 146 studio apartments on former industrial site

A former industrial site in Armley could be transformed into 146 studio rooms if outline plans are given the go ahead by Leeds City Council.

Developers Armley Ltd want to demolish the largely disused Cottage Laundry buildings off Edinburgh Grove into a ‘co-housing’ site with 146 studio rooms, a shared workspace and a cafe bar and restaurant.

Co-housing began in Denmark in the 1960s and typically features private homes clustered around shared space. 

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Tenants would dip into the communal activities and shared meeting spaces on offer and there is an emphasis on fostering community spirit, much like the Lilac co-housing development in Bramley.

Developers say in a design and access statement that the rooms would be serviced and occupied by students and young professionals.

Most studios would be 30 square metres in size and contain a kitchenette and a shower room, with facilities for dining and entertainment provided elsewhere in the complex.

Developers Armley Ltd add:

“[Co-housing] is a relatively new concept in the UK, but there are already several successful schemes up and running.

“They are particularly suited to large metropolitan areas where there may be high mobility especially amongst young professionals, and housing costs are generally higher. It is particularly suited to a mobile population.”

The proposals are only at outline stage, so developers are attempting to establish whether the principle of the development would be acceptable before submitting more detailed plans.

New buildings on site could be up to three storeys high in places, with developers arguing the new building would be of ‘better architectural quality’ than the current run-down building.

Entrance would be off Highthorne Road and there are proposals for parking for 12 cars and 140 bicycles, with developers arguing there is free parking space locally and good access to public transport.

The plans can be viewed in full – and commented upon – here.

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