Go ahead given for affordable apartment development in Leeds

Dec Connolly Editor

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Planning permission has been approved in principle to build 58 one, two and three-bedroom sustainable apartments for social rent, close to Leeds city centre, off Railway Street at Saxton Gardens.

Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) will develop the scheme on the site of the former Yorkshire Rider Social Club. The development has been designed by Brewster Bye Architects.

Joanna Chambers, Director of Assets and Growth at LYHA, commented: “We’re extremely pleased to secure planning permission for this development, after increasing the commitment to improving green-space provision in the area, in response to feedback from the planners. There is an also an urgent need for more affordable homes in Leeds city centre, that will appeal to single people, couples and families, and this development is a great step towards meeting some of that demand. 

“The area surrounding the development is set to undergo significant regeneration over the coming years, as it benefits from further investment, which makes it an exciting time for this corner of Leeds.”

The new five-storey scheme is within easy walking distance of the city centre. The homes will be energy efficient, with a heating system low in carbon emissions, instead of traditional gas central heating. The scheme will also benefit from low-carbon energy source EV charging points and cycle storage to facilitate green, active travel.

Associate, Gareth Jackson, from Brewster Bye Architects, said: “We have designed a stand-out development that reflects LYHA’s significant investment in this part of Leeds. The undulating, lively form of the building, which is orientated north to south to continue the urban grain of Saxton Gardens, is an attractive design that also minimises noise reflectance. All set within a green and richly landscaped area, the urban community garden will foster neighbourhood interaction, with separate access for pedestrians and vehicles. 

“All of the apartments have a pleasant aspect either towards the city centre to the West, or the green open space to the East. The ground floor apartments have private gardens with patio doors, beyond which will be a habitat area on the banking, planted with native species that will enhance biodiversity. All residents will be able to access the communal gardens and adjacent public amenity space, 18 parking spaces and a 58-bike cycle store.

“This development has a flexible layout, designed to help those working from home. The apartments will enjoy open plan living kitchen/dining areas, separate utility and storage space, homeworking space and floor to ceiling windows that will flood them with natural light. Crucially, all the homes will also be highly accessible and adaptable for residents with limited mobility.”

Work is due to start on site in 2023 and it is estimated that the build will take 18 months to complete. All nominations for initial tenancies will be made through Leeds City Council.