‘Strong’ response for partner to help deliver Kirkstall Forge housing

Number One, Kirkstall Forge. Photo: John Baron

By John Baron

A partner to help deliver new houses at the multi-million pound Kirkstall Forge development will be selected ‘in the next few months’, site owners CEG have said.

CEG have outline planning permission for 1,385 homes at the former industrial site, which currently features a commercial and office block and a train station. The developers have been looking to identify a partner to deliver a high-quality housebuild to the east and west of the site, and had set a deadline of 4 April for potential partners to come forward.

CEG commercial development director Antonia Martin Wright this week told WLD: “We received a strong partner response and are now working through information with a view to selecting a partner in the next few months.”

Part of the Kirkstall Forge site, waiting for residential development. Photo: John Baron

The eastern parcel of land consists of 12.63 acres surrounded by an established woodland. Listed buildings on the site will be retained by CEG and its investors. The three-acre western parcel features access from the A65 and through Kirkstall Forge.

WLD reported last July that CEG hope to have both new office and residential developments up and running ‘within a couple of years’ – and admitted that a combination of the Covid pandemic, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine had all impacted progress on both commercial and residential elements of the 57-acre site.

The partnership opportunity was advertised on the Saville website and can be viewed here.

Plans for a new public sculpture at the Kirkstall Forge site were approved by the council in February.

  • Activity is continuing Kirkstall Forge and a new Green Skills course will be starting at Forging Futures Campus. There will be an open day on 18 June. 
  • A musical celebration of the life of Kirkstall Forge legend, Betty Beecroft, is set to hit the boards from Thursday, 2 May, at Armley’s Leeds Industrial Museum in the world premiere of folk musical Mother of the Revolution. More details and tickets can be found here.

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  1. This has taken ages to get going. Why such a site, with excellent bus and train connections, should not have been built years ago is a mystery. We need the (affordable) houses.


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