Flood defence plans to protect the £400 million Kirkstall Forge development have been resubmitted by developer.
The move comes a month after parts of the site were submerged when the River Aire broke its banks in the Kirkstall area during the Boxing Day floods.
Developer CEG’s plans for Kirkstall Forge include 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space. They are resubmitting existing proposals for a flood relief channel in the event of a one in 100 year flood.
Their original flood plans were approved by the Environment Agency in 2008 but, because of delays in building the scheme due to the economic downturn, planning consent for the flood defences lapsed in 2011. As one of the conditions for planning approval, CEG are having to resubmit their original proposals ahead of the site being occupied.
The floods channel will be a minimum of 25 metres wide.
Details of the proposals can be found here:
Jon Kenny, director of developer CEG, said at the time of the floods: “There has been some flooding on the areas of the site where we expect it and our scheme has been designed to account for this, in full accordance with Environment Agency requirements; this does not therefore affect the development of the wider site.”
Kirkstall Forge is being marketed as the most ambitious project of its type in the North of England. The new Kirkstall Forge Station, which was unaffected by the flooding, is due to open before Easter.