Kirkstall residents reminded of district centre housing plans deadline

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The former Kirkstall District Centre site from the air. Photo: Google

A Kirkstall community group is urging residents to have their say on plans to build new homes on the eyesore former Kirkstall district centre site.

Developers Artisan want to redevelop the mostly derelict site with up to 263 homes and flexible commercial floorspace which could be used as retail, professional services or offices. The development is know as Kirkstall Place.

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Eyesore: Kirkstall District Centre. Photo: Google

Melanie Robbins, secretary of the Kirkstall Village Action Group, said that comments on the Kirkstall Place planning application 1needed to be in before 30th April. She added:

“It’s really important that comments are actually expressed officially for them to count.

“I really feel people are not happy about the proposals but it must be done officially for any comments to be taken seriously, not via social media. I feel very strongly about this, not just because I live directly adjacent to the area but because it is right in the centre of Kirkstall and visual from all directions.”

The scheme has so far srawn a mixed reaction, with commenters on the planning application saying they understand the need to redevelop the eyesore site – but have raised concerns about increased traffic in an already congested area and the height of the houses.

Plans can be viewed in full – and commented upon – here.


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