The long-running plans to build a housing development on the Airedale Mills site in Rodley were approved by councillors in June, with the backing of Casa By Moda (part of construction giants Caddick).
Casa My Moda had no comment to make when approached by WLD but have confirmed they are no longer attached to the project and that the planning application belongs to the landowner to progress with other developers.
They say the proposal was always an application submitted by the landowner which they had supported, but that they have not been connected to it for some months.
It’s understood that social housing provider Stonewater is set to take on the site and hope to use the approved planning application without any amendments.
A Stonewater spokesperson told WLD that they are aware of the site, along with other potential development opportunities in and around the Leeds area, but have nothing more to add at the moment.
Discussions between the council’s planning department and Stonewater have taken place.
Stonewater is one of the largest social housing providers in the UK, owning and managing around 36,000 homes. It has a vision of everyone having the opportunity to have a place they can call home, and it offers homes for rent, shared ownership and sale.
The approval of the plans in June came despite widespread opposition in Rodley, with ongoing concerns over the reliability of a recently-installed swing bridge which links to the ‘island’ site.
Councillors and local residents expressed concerns people will be left stranded in an emergency if the bridge can’t be pulled into the ‘down’ position to let road traffic across.