West Leeds residents are being invited to have their say on major new £200 million plans for a major mixed development off Kirkstall Road.
Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, bought the 13-acre brownfield site, which was formerly known as City Reach, in August 2020.
The former Yorkshire Chemicals site is set between the River Aire and Kirkstall Road. And a new masterplan revealed today looks to provide around 1,500 new homes, sitting alongside a new riverside park, a new river crossing and art, café and workspaces.
The development, currently called ‘Kirkstall Road’, will comprise homes for private sale, shared ownership and rent including student accommodation, with around 35% being affordable housing.
Buildings would typically be between one and 16 storeys high, with a ‘statement’ building of 22 storeys.
Richard Cook, Group Director of Development for Clarion Housing Group, said:
“We’re excited to be working with Leeds City Council and local people to develop our plans for Kirkstall Road which we hope will become a vibrant and thriving new neighbourhood on the edge of the city centre.
“We want to create a high-quality environment, with a focus on the green space that is vitally important to wellbeing for the whole community.
“Sustainability will also be a key consideration, encouraging active travel with new cycling and walking routes. We are also looking to incorporate spaces for artists, designers and makers, alongside workspaces and a café, making it a real destination for local residents.”
As Latimer prepares for the formal planning process it is asking local people to review the plans and provide their feedback.
The developer has built a website where all plans can be viewed, and feedback can be given. There will also be a live webinar on 22 May, where people can hear about the proposals and ask questions.
To view the plans, book in for the webinar and give feedback residents can visit http://www.clarionconsults.co.uk. The consultation will be open until 28 May.
The site has existing planning permission for more than 1,000 homes alongside student accommodation, but Latimer has carried out a redesign to deliver a residential-led mixed-use scheme.
Developers hope the plans could lead to further regeneration in the Kirkstall Road area, which was hit by floods when the River Aire broke its banks on Boxing Day 2015.
Check out WLD’s coverage of the former Yorkshire Chemicals site here.