Kirkstall Forge: Seven storey office block set for planning approval


The first phase of a major development at Kirkstall Forge could gain full planning permission next week.

Detailed plans for a seven storey office block with basement parking have been submitted by Kirkstall Forge developers CEG.

The development already has outline planning permission approving the principle of the development and access. This latest application deals with specific layout, positioning, landscaping and design.

A report to be considered by councillors on the south and east plans panel next Thursday says the design of this building will set the tone for the rest of the development – hence its importance. The report adds:

“In its appearance, the office building is designed to be contemporary. The Planning Statement advises that the brief was to deliver a timeless design that would provide longevity and form part of the wider masterplan for Kirkstall Forge.

“… façade materials will comprise an anodised metalframe in a bronze/copper colour with masonry elements where glazing is not possible, for example, to the lift and stair core. This is likely to comprise a lightweight natural stone wall cladding system as well as areas of curtain walling.

“The façade treatment extends to screen the roof top plant and to permit a roof top terrace for office users. The façade is generally highly glazed and in particular, the building entrance and façade has been designed to be a double height with a large glazed frontage facing ontothe public realm to provide a direct interaction with this key pedestrian route.”
On submitting the plans back in June, developers CEG said at the time:
“The flagship development will deliver high quality space to rival that on offer in the city centre. With the railway station opening at the Forge later this year, it provides a regeneration catalyst.”
The proposals are recommended for approval by planning officers, subject to conditions.
Horsforth Campus plans
Councillors will also give a position statement on  initial outline proposals for 66 houses on part of the Horsforth Campus of Leeds City College, off Calverley Lane, Horsforth. Proposals include the demolition of some existing college and residential buildings. A report adds:
“Leeds City College is undertaking a rationalisation of its sites which would involve the closure and disposal of some sites including this one and re-investment of capital receipts in those remaining.”
No decision will be taken on the proposals at next Thursday’s meeting, but councillors will provide feedback on the plans to the developer.
The Dispatch reported earlier this summer on the college withdrawing from Strawberry Lane Community Centre in Armley due to funding issues.





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