One of Leeds’ oldest streets could be set for a radical new look

Hills Furnishings store is demolished after the recent fire, Kirkgate,Leeds..SH100142399a..10th November 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Hills Furnishings store is demolished after the recent fire, Kirkgate,Leeds..SH100142399a..10th November 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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Is one of the oldest streets in Leeds about to be transformed to make way for one of the city’s newest residential and retail developments?

Councillors are set to debate the details of a proposal to radically re-develop parts of Kirkgate and Crown Street at a meeting on Thursday.

Developer, City Fusion Ltd, will put a pre-application to City Plans for two new buildings with a public realm.

The first section of the development will see a four to five storey building at 101-104 Kirkgate which was cleared years ago following a fire.

There will be a cafe/bar at the basement level, retail units and a cafe at the ground floor and flats above that.

The second part requires the part demolition of 10 and 11 Crown Court so the Crown Street car park can be re-developed with a four to seven storey building - a mix of residential, retail, cafe and restaurant units.

In total there will be 80 flats spread across the two sites and form studio apartments, predominantly two bed apartments with five, three bedroomed dwellings included in the plans.

The scheme is part of a wider desire to revamp the area between Kirkgate, The Calls and Crown Street.

The application is coming back before the board a year after it was last discussed and issues were raised around, ventilation, a public right of way and street lighting.

Members will be asked to specifically consider whether they support the demolition of an old building for a modern one and whether they back the principle of modern design rather than a like for like in what is one of the oldest parts of the city.

The mix of housing will also come under scrutiny as it is suggested be a larger quota of three bed apartments included.

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