Plans submitted for 58 affordable apartments in Leeds city centre

Plans have been submitted to build 58 city centre apartments for social rent.

Leeds City Council selected Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA), following a competitive process, to develop the central site, which has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects.

If plans are approved, a new five-storey, energy efficient scheme will be built on the site of the former ‘Yorkshire Rider Social Club’, on Railway Street at Saxton Gardens.

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The area, close to Quarry House, is set to undergo further significant regeneration over the coming years.

If plans are approved, 58 new apartments will be built on the site of the former ‘Yorkshire Rider Social Club’, on Railway Street at Saxton Gardens in Leeds.

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The scheme will include 28 one-bedroom, 25 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom apartments.

The ground floor apartments will each have their own garden and additional communal outside space is included, which will be landscaped with trees to enhance biodiversity.

All the homes have a flexible layout and will include workspace areas, with the larger apartments each having an office, reflecting the increase in home working.

The five-storey apartment scheme, designed by Brewster Bye Architects, would be energy efficient, featuring heat pumps instead of traditional gas central heating.

Subject to planning approval, Leeds City Council will sell the site to LYHA, and support its development with commuted sums contributions.

These financial contributions have been secured from other new residential developments, where it has not been possible to provide sufficient affordable housing on-site.

The council manages these pooled funds to invest in other sites, ensuring that more, new affordable housing is being built across the city.

Joanna Chambers, director of assets and growth at LYHA, said: “We are delighted that our bid for the site was successful and are excited to begin turning our plans into reality.

“There is a significant need for more affordable housing in Leeds, particularly in the Burmantofts area and in neighbourhoods near the city centre.

“Brewster Bye has designed an enticing and highly functional vision for the new homes. Subject to planning, we could start on site in Spring 2022 and estimate that the build will take 18 months to complete. All nominations for initial tenancies will be made through Leeds City Council.”

Coun Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for Infrastructure and Climate, added: “We are pleased to be able to work with LYHA on this development, which will provide much-needed affordable housing in this part of the city, and at the same time bring unused and undeveloped land back into use.

“By delivering a mix of different homes, this development reflects our efforts to address housing need in the local area and to ensure we have mixed communities, where diverse housing needs can be met.

“As well as delivering an ambitious Council Housing Growth programme, we are working with the affordable housing sector to increase affordable housing delivery across the city. Working closely with partners, a number of critical schemes are now progressing, which will help address Leeds’ affordable housing need.”

Outside the development, there are a number of green spaces surrounding the site, that are a legacy of mid-20th Century development of the area.

These will be linked together and enhanced, with LYHA replacing low-grade amenity grassland with planting and shrubbery, establishing habitat areas throughout the development.

Mark Henderson, from Brewster Bye Architects, said: “Our plans have been developed in close consultation with Leeds City Council’s planning officers. It’s a very interesting site and we have worked with LYHA to create a landmark development that will form an important part of this evolving area.”

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