Final sign off for new Kirkstall Road student flats

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The new development is due to be built off Kirkstall Road. Photo: Google

Proposals for a new student accommodation building next to the fire station on Kirkstall Road have been signed off by Leeds City Council, after a planning agreement was signed off. 

The application, lodged by Brigade Central LLP, a partnership fronted by Birmingham Properties Group, was submitted to the council in October 2023. A Section 106 legal agreement between the applicant and the council has been signed, which will be used to mitigate the impact of the development on the community and infrastructure.

Plans include a part eight, part 10-storey purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) building containing 198 studio flats and communal space including a roof terrace on the site of an existing low-rise office building occupied by W Denis Insurance. 

The scheme will tie in to the recent council-led improvements to Abbey Street, with the development providing accessible laybys for short-term drop offs and a turning head for servicing access, whilst wider footway surfacing is to be secured as part of a future agreement.

John Tebbutt, of Birmingham Properties Group, said: “We are happy to achieve planning permission on this under-utilised site in a prime location, to deliver high-quality purpose built student accommodation. 

“Once complete, the scheme will help to provide students a safe and comfortable environment with modern facilities close to the city’s various education institutions. 

“We’d like to thank the city council for working with us proactively on the application.” 

Planning consultant Jack Dickinson, of  Nexus Planning, said: “The project team engaged early with the city council’s planning, design, highways and landscaping officers in order to bring together a proposal that was generally acceptable to all parties.

“Alongside holding positive discussions with local residents through the Little Woodhouse Community Association, the application was submitted in a supportive context. We are really pleased to see the scheme approved.”

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