Huge new Leeds city centre apartment block with 345 flats gets green light in final phase of regeneration

Plans to build a major new residential development with 345 apartments for the private rented sector in Leeds city centre have been given the green light.

The scheme will see four buildings, ranging from seven to nine storeys, built on unoccupied land between East Street and Ellerby Road.

The development will offer a wide range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, complete with car parking and cycle storage facilities, as well as residents’ facilities and commercial space.

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The plans are by York-based development company S Harrison and the development is designed by Leeds architecture practice Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher.

After the planning decision was deferred in October 2020, S Harrison made changes to the development, including doubling the number of affordable homes in the scheme and increasing the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Every apartment in the development will also have full-height glazing and a mix of façade treatments.

A widened pedestrian footpath will run along East Street as well as a redirected cycleway. There will also be a green central courtyard, in addition to public open space complete with 41 new trees and a landscaped public right of way.

Gavin Douglas, from S Harrison, said: “We have worked closely with planning officers on the design of this scheme for several years, as well as hosting presentations with Leeds Civic Trust, public groups and the neighbouring St Saviour’s Church.

“We have listened to the comments of members and created a high-quality development that fits with the site’s surroundings and complements the extensive regeneration that has taken place nearby.

“The scheme is specifically designed to frame the view of the Grade I listed St Saviour’s Church from East Street and will be formed around a central courtyard and amenity space.

“It will offer a wide mix of apartments, including three-bedroom homes that will appeal to families and those wanting to share an apartment, as well as improving pedestrian access around the site. A new pedestrian crossing on East Street will also significantly benefit this part of Leeds.

“Crucially, it will also form the final phase of regeneration that has transformed this part of East Street in recent years, on a brownfield site that has been allocated for residential development in the Aire Valley Leeds Area Action Plan for many years.”

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Gavin continued: “Our company has considerable experience in developing well designed, popular residential schemes throughout Yorkshire and beyond, ranging from smart apartments and affordable homes through to luxurious family houses.

“When this is combined with our background in construction, it means we understand how to viably deliver affordable homes on challenging sites.

“As a result, we have always had plenty of confidence in this location, which has benefitted from major investment and become a popular residential area in recent years, as well as being within easy walking distance of all Leeds city centre’s amenities.”

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