Green light for 300 eco-homes in Leeds

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PLANS for a waterfront development of more than 300 innovative self-heating homes in Hunslet have been given the green light by Leeds City Council planning chiefs.

The development in Hunslet, on six acres of brownfield land at Low Fold, off East Street and South Accommodation Road, will include 150 energy-efficient houses and 162 flats - 16 of which will be classified as ‘affordable’.

The plan also includes a new bridge across the River Aire.

A meeting of the council’s City Plans Panel heard there were concerns about the maintenance of the properties, which would be made from timber cladding, as well as parking.

In response, developer Citu said residents would own the site under what is known as a Community Interest Company. Each household will own a share in the development, and will therefore be responsible for ensuring that the site is maintained.

Despite the concerns, there was strong support from the panel for the overall proposals.

Councillor David Blackburn, a Green party councillor for Farnley and Worltey, said: “I think it is a super model that works really well”.

Councillor Neil Walshaw said: “This is a really excellent, interesting, high-quality development and the design is innovative.”

His views were echoed by councillor Graham Latty, who added: “I think it is a super development. The area needs something like this”.

The waterfront development will comprise of zero-carbon one and two-bedroom flats and three and four-bedroom houses that will not need conventional heating.

Insulation within the buildings will make it unnecessary to install convential heating systems, while electricity will be generated through solar panels.