Plans to build a block of more than 200 flats outside Leeds City Centre are set to go before council decision-makers next week.
The council’s City Plans Panel is set to discuss plans to build an 11 storey block of 217 homes off Regent Street and Skinner Lane in Sheepscar.
The plans comprised of 160 one bed, 49 two bed and eight three bed flats, also include other facilities on site as well as underground parking.
A report by Leeds City Council officers into the scheme suggests that the plans would make good use of a brownfield site which is currently underused.
It concludes: “This application proposal is a significant opportunity that would contribute to the continuing regeneration of the Mabgate/Regent Street area, and is a high quality sustainable development which would bring with it a number of new residential dwellings, and as such contribute towards housing delivery.
“The scheme would provide a range of dwelling types and sizes, and provide jobs during both construction and following completion. The proposal is compliant in terms of both accessibility and sustainability.
“The proposed redevelopment would also enhance the character of the surrounding area, by regenerating a prominently-located unsightly and underutilised brownfield site that has detracted from a principal route into the City Centre for almost a decade and currently does not make the best use of urban land.”
The proposals also received two objections from local residents, one of whom wrote: “The scheme as proposed appears brutish in design, with square facades and little to break up the blankness of the frontage, especially to Cypress Point on Leylands Road.
“The enjoyment of that building will be adversely affected by the appearance of the subject proposal, but more especially by the closeness of the building to Cypress Point and the limiting effect on daylight particularly to the lower floors.”
It is recommended that the plans are delegated to council planning officers to iron out final details, including putting a requirement on the site to include seven per cent affordable housing.