Armley: Fresh flats plan for former laundry site

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A former industrial site in Armley could be transformed into 54 self contained flats 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 and build self-contained studio, one and two bedroom flats aimed at the private rental market.

The proposals come after the developers withdrew controversial ‘co-housing’ plans for the site in February, which included 146 studio rooms, a shared workspace and a cafe bar and restaurant.

The buildings are now largely disused and in poor repair and the proposal is to
replace the existing buildings with a new building that will provide purpose-built living accommodation.

A design statement from ROH architects said the site was in a sustainable location and added:

“Due to the anticipated demographic of the residents, it is unlikely that there will be a substantial use of motor vehicles, but there will be an anticipated increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

“Only 17 (30%) car parking spaces are being proposed on site, but in the unlikely event of overspill parking being needed from time to time, the Highways report has identified 720 available on street parking spaces in the locality, including approximately 17-20 kerbside spaces along the frontage of the site.”

Local residents and councillors objected to the previous proposals for the site on a number of grounds, including density and parking.

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

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