Thousands of new homes earmarked for Leeds

Demolition of the former Tetley Brewery site, Leeds, city centre.
Demolition of the former Tetley Brewery site, Leeds, city centre.
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Thousands of new homes are due to be earmarked for key sites in Leeds to help address the city’s affordable housing crisis.

Plans have been unveiled to transform the former Tetley Brewery site into a major housing development, offices and a 400-bed hotel, while Leeds City Council is launching a consultation over proposals to build 3,000 homes in the north-east of the city by 2028. More than 200 new homes could also be built in Hunslet.

National Housing Federation figures show that the average price of a property in the city is more than £178,000, while the average wage is just over £25,000, leaving a huge gulf between salaries and the ability to secure a mortgage.

Plans for the first phase of development on former Tetley Brewery land include 1,000 flexible homes where residents would be able to expand and contract the number of rooms without moving.

A planning application has also been submitted for 204 homes at Clarence Road in Hunslet.

Meanwhile council chiefs have launched a six week public consultation on plans for the outer north east area of Leeds.

The council put alternative proposals forward after The University of Leeds decided not to build up to 3,000 new homes near Headley Hall between Bramham and Tadcaster.

They include up to 1,850 homes on greenfield land at the Parlington Estate, Aberford, and up to 1,080 new homes on greenfield land near the HM Young Offender Institution to the east of Wetherby. Other sites include 165 homes on land at Sandbeck Lane, Wetherby, and 100 homes on land off Wetherby Road, Scarcroft.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “We’d like as many people as possible and especially those living in the outer north east area to take a look at these revised options and let us know what they think.

“This is important as it will shape where new housing goes in this part of the city up to 2028, so we need to hear from as many people as we can in this consultation.”

The feedback and comments received in this new consultation will be considered by the Council’s development plan panel in December.

Public drop-in sessions on the proposals will take place from 2pm to 8pm at Wetherby Town Hall on Tuesday October 4 and from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday October 20 at the John Riley Centre in Barwick-In-Elmet.

The information is also available at Wetherby, Boston Spa and Garforth libraries as well as at Wetherby and Garforth One Stop Centres and Leeds City Council’s Leonardo Building reception in the city centre.

The proposed sites can be can be seen at www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Site-Allocations-Plan-Revised-Publication-Draft-Outer-North-East.aspx

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