YEP Letters: September 23

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The Quarry Hill area of Leeds is set to undergo a “game-changing” transformation with a five year redevelopment programme worth in the region of £300m. Wetherby-based firm Caddick Developments revealed plans to create an entirely new neighbourhood which will be called SOYO (SOuth of YOrk Road) with apartments and bars aswell as a hotel and public realm spaces. It is the first major scheme on that particular site since the Quarry Hill flats were demolished in the 1970s. Work will be delivered over six planned phases and Myles Hartley managing director at Caddick Developments said they hoped to be on site with the first section by spring next year. We asked YEP readers for their views on the proposal and here’s what some of them said on social media..

Nick Moore

Surely nobody wants to call the area SOYO. It’s called Quarry Hill and has been for many many years.

The development looks cool but don’t try and give it a silly name. It sounds like a mix between YOLO, SOYA and YOYO, which is an awful combination.

Ruth Mary Sophia Spence

Should have left it as the original flats then the social housing list wouldn’t be so long. Why build hotel type apartments that no-one can afford on a normal wage? Just build normal flats, charging normal council rent, that’s what is needed, not some jumped up rubbish that will sit empty!

Aaron Herring

Quarry House should be reclaimed from the various government departments that currently occupy it, they could transform that into something more useful surely?

Chris Jones

Horrible modernist architecture. Just boxes upon boxes. Nice pics of the odd park and blue skies that take up half the frame but look past that. Plain and ugly.

Mary Newsome

I BET when it’s complete the hotels won’t fall inside gov rates, for our visiting London colleagues and restaurants etc will struggle after the initial newness. A lot like the development down at Brewery Wharf and the Armouries. Nothing for families, plenty for private landlords to make a killing! Again, no thought for the pressure on already over-burdened road system.

Zac Berrycloth

If you want to moan about it.. think about if the developers chose to put their money in another city? This is good for Leeds.

Howard Monkman

If it brings jobs and revenue to the city, why not?

Danny Arnold

Brilliant, more work for tradesmen in the area.

Stephen Brook

So more empty apartments bought for investment, or rents, service charges that nobody can afford. That’s it keep the big six building companies in this country rolling in billions and don’t get local builders to build proper affordable housing for the majority.

Nick Bell

Well it’s better than the mess it looks now!

Never understand the negative comments, it’s providing housing and jobs. Nothing wrong with a new name, Quarry Hill had a bad reputation so they just want a fresh start.

Glenys Horsman

Stupid name, more bars, restaurants, apartments, bet many cannot afford them. Look around, pubs bars closing, why can it not be something more worthwhile for everyone? This city is way behind. The centre is drab, Sheffield seems to do and get more than Leeds. Probably have better councillors?

John Grogan

Sounds exciting, Leeds needs a strong cultural quarter, let’s hope it becomes one.

Stephen Sadler

It’s actually south of New York Road – York Road doesn’t start until you get to Marsh Lane/Burmantofts Street – so perhaps the new development should be called SoNeYo?

Chris Wade

Ideal area for a real standout piece of architecture...sadly Leeds has a long record of failing to deliver on such ambition. We only get bland most of the time

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