Kirkstall Road: Plans to build 10-storey student accommodation in Leeds with nearly 200 flats approved

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Proposals to deliver a new 10-storey student accommodation building in Leeds with nearly 200 flats have been approved.

The application was submitted to the Leeds City Council in October 2023 and will see the development of a part 8 part 10 storey building just off of Kirkstall Road containing 198 studio flats.

There will also be significant communal space including a roof terrace on the site of an existing low-rise office building occupied by W Denis Insurance.

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The scheme will tie in to the recent council-led improvements to Abbey Street, with the development providing accessible laybys for short-term drop offs and a turning head for servicing access, whilst wider footway surfacing is to be secured as part of a future Section 278 Agreement.

The flats are set to be built at the bottom of Kirkstall RoadThe flats are set to be built at the bottom of Kirkstall Road
The flats are set to be built at the bottom of Kirkstall Road | Nexus Plannins

John Tebbutt of Birmingham Properties Group said: “We are delighted to achieve planning permission on this under-utilised site in a prime location, to deliver high-quality purpose built student accommodation.

“Once complete, the scheme will help to provide students a safe and comfortable environment with modern facilities close to the city’s various education institutions.”

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Designed by Leeds-based Cunniff Design, the building “takes design cues from its surroundings”.

Planning consultant Jack Dickinson said: “The project team engaged early with the council’s planning, design, highways and landscaping officers in order to bring together a proposal that was generally acceptable to all parties and alongside holding positive discussions with local residents through the Little Woodhouse Community Association, the application was submitted in a supportive context.”

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