Kirkstall Road: Flats approved at Yorkshire Chemicals site


Major plans for over 1,000 flats and student bedspaces at the former Yorkshire Chemicals site off Kirkstall Road have been granted.

A Leeds City Council planning meeting approved the City Reach scheme, which will provide 780 new flats and 234 student bedspaces, together with supporting leisure and retail facilities.

The outline approval also includes offices, car and cycle parking, public open space, a new river bridge, new access junction to Kirkstall Road and other road improvements.

The land – which has been empty for several years – backs onto the River Aire and is a major gateway into west Leeds.

Cllr Richard Lewis
Cllr Richard Lewis

Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis (Lab, Pudsey) said:

“We are committed to providing the new homes and infrastucture the city needs as it continues to grow, and especially to see brownfield sites redeveloped to boost regeneration and growth and to offer as much affordable housing as possible to make Leeds the ideal place to live, work and visit.”

The site already had outline planning permission for 1.5 million sqft of office and residential development and a green urban park. The site was bought by Blenheim Developments in 2012.

The Dispatch reported councillors’ recent discussions on the future of the site back in October.

TYou can read the latest planning application in full here.

Full approval was also given for a residential development of 270 houses with associated roads and infrastructure. Tyersal Lane, Tyersal.


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