Apartment plan for old tannery in Leeds

Artists' impression of the proposed development of 269 flats at the former Hill Top Works in north Leeds.

Artists' impression of the proposed development of 269 flats at the former Hill Top Works in north Leeds.

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A semi-derelict mill and former tannery in Leeds which has sat empty for over 20 years could be transformed into a major new development of 269 flats.

Five new apartment blocks could be built on extensive brownfield site on Buslingthorpe Lane, close to Scott Hall Road, according to plans submitted to Leeds City Council.

Leeds-based Brewster Bye Architects has designed the development for Stage One Development and Partners on land previously known as Hilltop Works.

Chris Austin, managing director at the architects, said: “The Sheepscar district of Leeds was once home to a thriving leather industry but the former tannery on this site has largely fallen into disrepair over the last century.

“Today only a few remnants of the original mill remain, including a distinctive boundary wall and chimney, which have both been incorporated 
into our designs and would become focal points within the landscape of the development.”

The plans propose a mix of one, two and three bed apartments - five per cent of which would be affordable homes - in three to five-storey buildings, with most of the on-site car parking in underground spaces.

Mr Austin said: “If successful, this scheme will complement several other residential developments that are being built in the area and breathe new life into this neglected site.”

He added: “The creation of a 143 space underground carpark will maximise the green and open space throughout the development.”

Coun Jane Dowson (Lab, Chapel Allerton) welcomed the news that the historic chimney and wall have been incorporated into the plans and added: “We want to ensure that as much heritage as possible is protected.

“We’re looking forward to comments from residents and conservation groups.”