‘Hybrid’ homes plan for Leeds riverside

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PLANS for a new river and canalside development on a sprawling former industrial site in Leeds are expected to get the go-ahead.

Strata Homes wants to build 113 new-style ‘hybrid’ homes on part of the former 
Yorkshire Chemicals site along the A65 Kirkstall Road, on an area of land known as Otter Island.

The proposed development features 17 terraced homes, and 96 dwellings which combine elements of an apartment and a traditional house. This ‘Monaco’ style, and the unusual tapering shape of the site, would allow the homes to face onto both the river and the canal, according to a report to be debated by councillors on Leeds City Council’s planning committee next week.

Planning permission for development of the whole Yorkshire Chemicals site was first granted back in 20011, but work was mothballed because of the downturn.

The site has been empty for a number of years with the former buildings cleared.

A report to be presented to Leeds council’s City Plans Panel next week says that the plan presents an important opportunity to kickstart some new city centre development.

“There have been very few residential developments in the city in the last few years,” the report says. This represents a realistic opportunity to restart the construction of residential units in the city centre.

“Not only that, this is a new style of housing in a location at he edge of the city centre.”

The report adds the scheme sets out a “strong idea” which offers a “positive means of addressing both the water corridors as well as the central 

Officers are recommending approval of the scheme, subject to the agreement of a community contributions package by the developer.

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