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Mothballed Leeds apartment development site set to be revived

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A MAJOR 750-apartment development near Leeds city centre, which was mothballed due to the economic downturn, is set to be revived.

Plans for the project on Sweet Street, in the heart of Holbeck Urban Village, have been unveiled.

A public exhibition will be held on Tuesday, June 17 between 3pm and 8pm at Bewleys Hotel, where visitors can see the blueprint and meet members of the development team.

The previous planning consent for the 4.7 acre Sweet Street site - which is currently being used as two temporary car parks - was never progressed beyond the drawing board due to the recession.

Developer Dandara’s revised proposal includes 750 homes, two public gardens and 7,500 sq ft of commercial floor space facing onto Sweet Street.

Rachel Allwood, from Dandara, said: “We’re looking forward to hearing local people’s views. We believe now is the right time to bring forward our proposals.”

The initial plans were presented to Leeds council planning chiefs last week. A detailed planning application is expected to be submitted later this year.

The 1.9 hectare development falls in the Holbeck Urban Village regeneration area on the city centre’s South Bank.

Councillor Peter Gruen, the council’s chief spokesman on planning, said: “It is encouraging to see activity returning to Holbeck Urban Village. The proposals have the potential to make a significant contribution to the provision of new homes in the city, in a brownfield location.”

Over the last 10 years, the Round Foundry, Tower Works, Marshall’s Mill, Manor Mills, and The Mint have contributed to the development of the area.

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