First stage revealed of proposed scheme to build 1,450 homes in Leeds

The planned first stage of a scheme which aims to build up to 1,450 homes in Leeds has been revealed by developers.

Library image of Number One, Kirkstall Forge, which is at the heart of the development.

Developer CEG is talking to residents about the first phase of the residential scheme at the £400 million Kirkstall Forge development.

The plans aim to build a total of 213 homes, including 77 houses offering three to five-bedroom family living, designed by Stirling Prize winners Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, alongside new apartments.

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In the long term, Kirkstall Forge is expected to provide up to 1,450 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space.

CEG has launched a public consultation with residents about the first phase of residential development at the 400 million Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds

A spokesman for CEG said: "The unique style of architecture is inspired by the local stone of the old forge building and Kirkstall Abbey and space and light are maximised with high ceilings and tall windows.

"Just north of the river, two apartment buildings are also proposed, each set over nine floors with upper floors set back. Designed by residential architecture firm, Cartwright Pickard, they will provide 136 studios to three-bed apartments with 1,350 sq m of leisure and retail space on the ground floor. They will be set around amenity space, a new public plaza and pocket park."

CEG secured detailed planning permission for 135 homes last year and built two prototype homes.

The statement said: "This housing design remains unchanged in this new application, but with four less homes this has enabled the two apartment buildings to be redesigned. Slightly taller, with upper floors set back to minimise the visual effect, more apartments are offered. These, and the green spaces and public plaza, will be effectively managed by the on-site Forge Life team."

James Shimwell, Head of Residential Development at CEG, said: “As well as family housing, the proposals now include build for rent apartments which will bring new residents on to site very quickly, expanding the vibrant community at Kirkstall Forge.

"With shops, leisure facilities and food and drink outlets on the ground floor, they are set around a public plaza and pocket park for pop up events, outdoor screenings and exercise classes.

“Our consultation seeks ideas for these activities as well as the opportunity to comment on the proposals and we welcome feedback.

“This site has an 800-year history and we’ve sought to reflect this heritage in both our residential and commercial builds. In regenerating Kirkstall Forge we have always sought to create a social and integrated community and we are looking forward to progressing the next stage of the journey.”

Leeds based architect practice, Cartwright Pickard, designed the apartment buildings.

Peter Cartwright, founding director at Cartwright Pickard, said: “This first phase of homes for rent at Kirkstall Forge contributes to the overall aim of the master plan to create a new community that provides better choices for those living, working and or looking to move to the city.

“Using materials which complement the wider maste rplan, we have sought to celebrate the industrial heritage of the Forge using high-quality materials that will weather well, grow old gracefully and contribute to our strategy to minimise the building’s whole life cost.

“Retail and leisure facilities will also be available to residents as the ground floor of both buildings will feature commercial space, providing direct access to the Stitch Square and the riverfront.”

The 57-acre site is already home to the Number One Kirkstall Forge office development and Butler’s deli restaurant, a new railway station and two prototype homes.

The statement added: "The success of the first 110,000 sq ft commercial development has seen CEG progressing the detailed design for the next phase of offices now that Reserved Matters (detailed) planning permission has recently been granted.

"Ultimately, Kirkstall Forge will provide up to 1,450 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of offices and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and community space."

Local residents are encouraged to visit and provide their feedback on this phase of development.

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