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Kirkstall: Harvard Mills to close as new housing development moves closer to reality

The popular Harvard Mills discount store is set to close its doors ‘in the next few months’ – as work on a multi-million pound residential development

The store has been based on the former Kirkstall District Centre site for the past 14 years.

Harvard Mills will be replaced by a major multi-million pound development of houses and flats.

Developers Artisan received permission to build 183 flats and 80 ‘townhouses’ at its new Kirkstall Place development back in March. Plans also include demolishing several buildings on the site, including Harvard Mills.

Posting the closure news on their Facebook page, Harvard Mills said:

“It’s with a very heavy heart that we must sadly let you know that, due to the redevelopment of the site, Harvard Mills will soon be closing down. We don’t have an exact closing date as yet but it is very likely to be within the next few months.

“We are so very grateful to all of our loyal customers for your support over the last 14 years that we have been trading here.

“As you know, we already offer the lowest, bargain prices across thousands of items, so please now take your chance to come in and stock up on even bigger bargains from us while you still have the chance.”

The Kirkstall Place development will comprise 32 one-bed and 151 two-bed apartments.

Housing plans were approved in March, despite more than 50 local objections.

The 80 townhouses would be a mix of two, three and four-bed units. Work is due to take three years to complete.


  1. I dont have a problem with homes being built, but i do object to them looking like a prison building. As it is such a large area that is in a prominent position in Kirkstall, they need to be pleasant to look at to raise the area profile. These need a little bit of style and maybe some Juliet balconies. Maybe a few different coloured bricks to make more of a pattern. I can see them been a slum in a few years or let out to students so will be empty for summer months.

  2. With the Forge development just up the road and now this to add to the cars on an already congested road junction. Good luck trying to get from Headingley across to Bramley or from Leeds to Horsforth when this is built.


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