Leeds: Kirkstall Forge in the spotlight

CGI of the proposed Kirkstall Forge station.
CGI of the proposed Kirkstall Forge station.
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planning chiefs will tomorrow hear about updated proposals for the multi-million pound Kirkstall Forge development.

Plans for the major new riverside community - which includes a brand new railway station due to open in October this year - have been in the offing for almost a decade.

It will eventually include a brand new community of 1,355 homes, 146,000 sq ft of office space and a range of leisure facilities including bars, restaurants, retail, gym and hotel .

The railway station will also include a park and ride facility for 150 cars.

As well as the railway station, work is already under way on the first phase of the housing and leisure development, with much of the site now fully cleared - with the exception of the listed buildings.

And tomorrow’s City Plans Panel meeting at Leeds Civic Hall will be updated on the imminent start of building of the first blocks of offices and 300 homes for rent.

Councillors will be asked to give their feedback on the phasing of the work, the quality of the design as proposed and the space between the buildings as they are currently planned.

Developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) has already held a public consultation on the plans this week.

Charles Johnson, from CEG, previously told the YEP: “This is an exciting development which will revitalise this brownfield site.”

It is hoped that the new development could create around 2,400 new jobs and eventually bring around £400 million of private sector investment to the area.

Subject to further planning applications, the first homes should be ready for occupancy next year and office space is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2017.