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City Reach scheme on the former Yorkshire Chemicals site receives approval

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29 Mar 2016

Approvals for more than 1,800 new homes in Leeds were granted at a Leeds City Council planning meeting today.

The largest approval is in the city centre where the City Reach scheme on the former Yorkshire Chemicals site on Kirkstall Road will provide 780 new flats and 234 student bedspaces, together with supporting leisure and retail facilities.

The approvals continue the trend which has seen permissions given for more than 10,000 new homes in Leeds in the last two years, as part of the Core Strategy aim of providing 66,000 new homes in total by 2028.

The approval for City Reach also follows the council’s commitment to brownfield development, with the current rate seeing approximately 70 per cent of all new homes in Leeds being delivered on brownfield sites.

Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said:

“We are committed to providing the new homes and infrastucture the city needs as it continues to grow, and especially to see brownfield sites redeveloped to boost regeneration and growth and to offer as much affordable housing as possible to make Leeds the ideal place to live, work and visit.”

Chair of the City Plans Panel Councillor Jim McKenna said:

“It was a very busy meeting but we were pleased to approve the applications, in one of the largest single approval meetings we’ve had in the city. These applications are appropriate on sites allocated for development and are of the required quality to enhance what the city has to offer in terms of housing, infrastructure and support facilities. So we were happy to approve them and look forward to seeing them built.”