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Builder announces major changes at Kirkstall housing development

A new company is set to own and market hundreds of homes on a new £65 million housing development on the former Kirkstall District Centre site.

Bespoke homes developer Artisan Real Estate has been building 263 low carbon and low energy homes at the six-acre site, providing a mix of one to four-bedroom apartments and town houses.

Developers Casa by Moda will now take ownership and market all 223 homes, which will now be available to rent rather than to buy. The remaining 40 properties will be affordable housing to be managed by Yorkshire-based housing association 54North Homes

Casa by Moda will continue to work in partnership with Artisan to complete the delivery of the new homes, the first of which will now be completed in 2024. The first occupiers were originally expected to move in this summer, and the development of 263 dwellings fully completed by next year.

The development has also changed its name from Kirkstall Place and will now be called Casa, Abbey Court.

Matt Townson, Director of Development and Projects at Casa by Moda, added: “With demand for rental accommodation remaining high, our approach as a long-term owner and operator is to create not only high quality, sustainable homes, but new communities that go beyond bricks and mortar and actively support the wellbeing of our residents.

“Casa, Abbey Court marks a step change in single family rental in Leeds, not only in quality but also being able to offer residents leases of up to three years – something unheard of in the traditional rental market. During the current periods of economic uncertainty, we believe it’s important to be able to provide our residents a security of tenancy that can only come from our long-term approach.”

Situated just a two-minute walk from Headingley Station, Casa, Abbey Court will offer the latest state-of-the art technology promoting sustainable living and low energy costs with easy and accessible transport links to the city centre. 

Technology partner Utopi’s smart environmental sensors will be incorporated into the homes, which enable residents to monitor everything from room temperature to air quality and light pollution.

The development features electric air source heat pumps.

James Bulmer, Regional Director for Leeds-based Artisan North, said: “The collaboration with Casa provides a significant opportunity to deliver much-needed new homes for rent in one of Leeds’ most desirable suburb. 

“There is a growing demand for high-quality family rental properties with easy access to city centres providing the perfect blend of town and country living. Casa is a proven operational model designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s rental market.”

Ahead of welcoming its first residents next year, Casa by Moda is accepting pre-registrations of interest for homes at Casa, Abbey Court via its website.

The housing plans at the former district centre site were first approved in March 2021. The site was also the home of popular bargains shop Harvard Mills, which re-opened in Harehills.

Follow WLD’s ongoing coverage of the development here.

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