Flats planned at former Leeds pub site

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PLANS have been revealed for a residential development on the site of a former pub in Cross Green on the south eastern edge of Leeds city centre.

A company called FBA Properties is seeking permission for the demolition of the old Spring Close pub on Spring Close Street and the construction of 14 two-bedroom flats.

The scheme would comprise two buildings, one four storeys tall and the other three storeys, plus 14 parking spaces.

It would stand close to two existing residential developments, Bouverie Court and Echo Central.

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A statement submitted to Leeds City Council as part of the application for planning permission for the project says the new flats would be “contemporary” in their design.

It also says: “The site is currently devoid of vegetation other than rough grass.

“The proposal is urban in form [yet] nevertheless accommodates space for trees, shrub planting and grassed areas as indicated [in the plans].”

Council planning officials yesterday said the application was “pending consideration”.

The Spring Close pub was the original venue for a hugely-popular annual reunion event held for people from east Leeds communities such as Richmond Hill and East End Park.

l Separate plans for a 13-storey development called X1 Aire were unveiled for the area last month.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, it will comprise 147 one and two-bedroom apartments including five penthouses on a 1.25-acre site next to Echo Central.

News of the X1 Aire scheme came just days after new figures confirmed Leeds’s place at the forefront of the UK’s city living boom.

The overall population of Leeds city centre more than doubled between 2001 and 2011.

During the same period, the number of people aged 20 to 29 living in the city centre nearly trebled.

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