Councillors unanimous in backing of Leeds Kirkstall Forge homes

A vision for housing at Kirkstall Forge
A vision for housing at Kirkstall Forge
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The second phase of the long-awaited re-development of Kirkstall Forge was given the green light by councillors who voted unanimously to approve plans for 112 contemporary homes.

It will take up seven acres of a 56 acre site on the outskirts of Leeds city centre that once saw metal works, iron production and engineering alongside the River Aire with a heritage that dates back to the 12th century.

Now the site will see modern open plan homes with under-ground car parks, balconies and roof terraces, clad in light exterior with public open spaces.

Other design features include commercial space that can be used for office, retail, health or food and drink, a play park and pedestrian links through the site.

Speaking at today's meeting where the reserved matters were passed, Coun Mick Coulson: “I think it is great. A rooftop terrace would have a beautiful view on both sides. You have Bramley Fall Woods, the river, the canal and on the other Hawksgarth Woods. It will be a brilliant spot.”

After the application, from developer Commercial Estate Groups, was put to the vote, chair of the South and West Plans panel, Coun Caroline Gruen took the unusual step of speaking after the decision had been made. She said: “I am really proud to have a development of this level and quality and design in the ward that I represent.”

Leeds based CEG says it wants to “bring the lifeblood back to Kirkstall Forge” and the overall plan is for 1,050 new homes, 300,000 sq ft of office space, 100,000 sq ft of leisure and retail, railway station, primary school, bars, restaurant and community facilities, riverside walks, woodland trails and parks.

A seven storey office block has already been completed and is partly occupied by Zenith, one of Britain’s largest independent leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing businesses, and Kirkstall Forge station was opened last year.