Video: Bird’s eye view of the changing face of Leeds

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A huge project to transform inner-city living is under way.

The Yorkshire Evening Post was invited to the top of the Meynell Heights tower block in Holbeck, for a bird’s eye view of ongoing work.

Coun David Congreve takes in the view from the top of Meynell Heights. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Coun David Congreve takes in the view from the top of Meynell Heights. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

And the perspective from the south of the city, shows exactly how much Leeds has transformed over the last decade.

The landscape has altered beyond recognition as looming high rises have been bulldozed and back to back terraces, demolished to make way for 380 new dwellings across Holbeck, Beeston Hill, Little London.

And the view across the city centre shows how many offices and residential flats have sprung up.

Bridgewater Place, an easily identifiable landmark, towers above Holbeck, as building work currently going on as part of the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck housing regeneration project takes place.

Councillor David Congreve (Lab, Beeston and Holbeck) said: “The work is looking great so far, Residents have been waiting for six years for these changes to start, and have spent a lot of time wondering if it was ever going to happen, due to funding confirmation. Many of the homes, especially in Holbeck, were run-down and badly in need of refurbishment, especially on the Ninevah’s.

“There has been a lot of effort by everyone concerned. The old back to back terraces in Holbeck, have had problems in the past, but there is a feeling of being on the up now.

Leeds City Council and Sustainable Communities for Leeds (sc4L) are delivering the 20 year scheme, to refurbish the 1245 council homes, and build 388 new homes to rent.


Communities across Leeds will benefit from the refurbishment of the 1,245 council homes, and the construction of 388 new council homes to rent with environmental improvements to estates.

Capital investment of over £120 million over the next three and a half years will provide training and employment schemes leading to jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and social enterprise opportunities.

Work will start next year in Little London on the external refurbishment of properties on Carlton Carr, Carlton Gardens and a small number of properties on Carlton Rise which will include new windows, doors and wall insulation.