Kirkstall Forge: Second phase could be approved next week


Proposals for a central public space and pocket park at the new Kirkstall Forge development could be approved by planners next week.

Detailed plans for the second phase include 112 houses and apartments, a new central public square, restaurants, cafes and a pocket park.

Councillors on the south and west plans panel next Thursday are being recommended to approve the ambitious multi-million pound plans.

Detailed plans include a central public square that ‘stitches’ across the two sides of the River Aire. Within the square will be The Pavilion, a covered extension of the public space which is home to a range of food and retail outlets.

The brick housing will form three dense terraces on the site, and flats will include courtyard gardens.

The £400 million development by CEG already has outline planning approval and Forge bosses are hoping the more detailed plans will gain full planning permission.

A council officer’s report recommends approval of the scheme, subject to nine conditions including the provision of electric vehicle charging points and detailed planting schemes. The report can be read in full here.

The Dispatch reported the submission of the plans in August this year.

Jon Kenny, from developers CEG, said at the time:

“We have invested heavily in regenerating this unique brownfield site and are committed to delivering an ambitious and innovative development for Leeds.
“Kirkstall Forge is unique, it will deliver fresh, sustainable new ways of living and working amongst acres of green space in a wooded riverside setting. With contemporary housing, restaurants, cafés, a school, leisure space and light-filled offices, it will provide the vibrancy of city life as well as the tranquillity of the outdoors.”

The site will ultimately become home to a thriving mixed-use community, comprising 1,050 new homes, 300,000 ft² of offices and 100,000 ft² of retail, leisure and community space. Once complete, more than 10,000 people will live, work and visit the site.






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