West Leeds: 83 new homes for hostel site

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A former lifeline hostel in Bramley - which was decommissioned in 2012 after 85 years - is set to be turned into a major new housing development.

Proposals for the former Salvation Army Mount Cross building in Broad Lane to be replaced by 29 flats - with 31 additional flats and 23 new houses to be built on the same 1.45 hectare site - are expected to get the green light from planning chiefs at Leeds Civic Hall today.

This is despite the fact that applicant the Salvation Army - which still owns the site - is unable to pay a £250,000 greenspace and £25,000 public transport contribution package which was part of the original agreement.

A report detailing the proposals is set to be debated by Leeds City Council planning chiefs today. The report says: “The delivery of 83 affordable units in a mix of flats and houses, and bringing back into use a vacant building, are considered of significant weight sufficient to outweigh the loss of greenspace and public transport contribution obligations.

“Therefore on balance, the application is recommended for approval.”

In its former life, the building was a temporary haven for thousands of people who were in difficult circumstances.

Mount Cross – which had 28 flats – was one of three homeless hostels serving Leeds before a review was announced in 2012 as part of a bid to modernise outdated services.

The building is currently vacant, but the wider site houses a children’s nursery which will remain.

The report to the South and West Plans panel says: “The site is under-utilised, the existing building is vacant and being brought back into use.

“This scheme would address housing shortages as well as affordability of homes within the area.”

The whole of the new development will be made up of ‘affordable’ housing, the report adds.