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Kirkstall Road: Green light for major City Reach residential scheme

Two applications for a major housing scheme on the former Yorkshire Chemicals site on Kirkstall Road have been given the green light.

Leeds City Council approved the plans, which will lead to the creation of hundreds of flats in a series of blocks measuring up to 14 storeys high.

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Outline plans were initially approved in March 2016 for the first phase of the City Reach scheme. The reserved matters application, which dealt with specific design details, features the redevelopment of the former First bus depot site as part of the first phase of the project.

The City Reach 1 proposal covers building of five blocks providing a total of 526 residential units and 309 student flats. There would be parking for 210 cars.

A planning officer’s report said the proposals had been “developed to a high standard”, although some councillors at the south and west plans panel meeting expressed concern about the size of some of the apartments.

A hybrid application from Inhabit for City Reach 2 was also approved at the Civic Hall meeting last Thursday, with a further four blocks of residential accommodation, ranging from six to 14 storeys, proposed.

Outline permission for the new blocks together with full-planning consent for 83 car parking spaces on this part of the site.

Developers hope the plans could lead to further regeneration in the Kirkstall Road area, which was hit by floods when the River Aire broke its banks on Boxing Day 2015.


  1. City Beach 1 – 835 units/flats and parking for 210 cars. Note to Leeds City Council and the developers – It doesn’t really add up does it!!!
    No details of how many flats in the other blocks, but no doubt they won’t have adequate parking provision either

  2. Surely there’s barely need for 210 parking spaces, considering they’re a few minutes’ walk from the city centre?!
    That said – the pedestrian routes across/through the old Yorkshire Post junction need work – it’d be great if the developer of this site could be made to fix that in the process

  3. I would hope that people wouldn’t drive into the city centre from this development, but It seems like every household has at least 2 cars these days, so where are the future residents supposed to park their vehicles


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