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New student accommodation could be built on Burley Road – but there is opposition

A new seven-storey student residential accommodation with ground floor commercial units on Burley Road could be approved next week – despite local concerns.

Torsion Developments Ltd wants to build the new accommodation, which would have 57 bedspaces in cluster apartments and studios, at the junction with Hollis Place.

Concerns have been raised on the impact the development will have on the adjacent Rosebank Primary School and on the balance of the community.

A public meeting took place at the school in May 2019, with the developer returning with reduced proposals.

Local councillors have objected to the proposals due to massing, density and overlooking onto the nearby school. MP Hilary Benn has also objected.

Rosebank Primary has raised concerns over parking, the need for more social housing in the area, overlooking and safeguarding issues and problems with anti-social behaviour.

Civic watchdog Leeds Civic Trust has also raised concerns about the impact further student development will have on the balance of community, the impact the movement of additional students will have on the amenity of local residents and the scale of building.

Councillors on the south and west plans panel will consider the application next Thursday at 1pm. They are being recommended to approve the scheme in principle, and defer the final decision to the council’s chief planning officer to negotiate conditions which will include an off-site green space contribution from the developer of £39,426.

A council planning officer’s report says it is important to acknowledge the concerns of rosebank primary in particular, but concluded:

“While it is acknowledged that there are significant local concerns with regards to the potential impact, it is considered that the proposal represents a high-quality development that will enhance the character and appearance of the immediate and wider street scape, provide additional student accommodation and wider economic
benefits.

“As such, subject to robust conditions and the completion of the Section 106 agreement, it is recommended that planning permission is granted.”

The agenda of the south and west plans panel can be read in full here. You can also follow a live webcast of the meeting.

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