More than 300 eco-friendly homes planned for Leeds waterfront site

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PLANS for a waterfront development of more than 300 innovative energy efficient homes in Hunslet and a new footbridge across the River Aire look set to get the go ahead.

Leeds-based developer Citu is seeking planning permission for 150 family homes and 162 flats on six acres of brownfield land at Low Fold, off East Street and South Accommodation Road.

Councillors are being recommended to defer the plans to the chief planning officer for approval when Leeds City Council’s city plans panel meets this Thursday.

The proposed one and two-bedroom flats and three and four-bedroom houses would all be zero-carbon, which means they would not need conventional heating systems. Ambient heat given off by the homes would be retained through a highly-insulated air tight structure. Electricity would be generated through solar panels feeding power onto a private grid on the development.

A report to the plans panel states: “The homes would be cost effective to live in and would be a demonstrator project for sustainable low carbon living for Leeds.”

Leeds City Council has created a section 106 agreement to ensure five per cent of the new homes are affordable housing and that a footbridge is built over the River Aire as part of the development.

Citu spokeswoman Aisling Ramshaw, said: “We’re really excited about Low Fold. There is nothing quite like this in the city, we think it will be a welcome addition to an area which has been earmarked for regeneration. The design of the homes is an embodiment of our belief the best way to build in urban brownfield spaces is to adopt a creative, design-led approach which challenges convention an reduces energy bills for the home occupiers.”

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