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First phase of £400 million Leeds development unveiled

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09 Apr 2015

Commercial Estates Group (CEG) is redeveloping Kirkstall Forge, a 56-acre plot of former industrial land located on the A65, four miles from Leeds city centre. The River Aire runs through the centre of the site with the Airedale train line running adjacent to it.

The demolition and remediation of the 400-year-old former industrial site by the developer has paved the way for a mixed-use scheme expected to create in the region of 2,400 jobs when completed.

Planning permission was granted back in 2006 for homes and 300,000 sq ft of commercial office space and, last autumn, work started on a new railway station and access road which is due to open in to customers October 2015.

Plans detailing the first commercial buildings proposed for the cleared site have now been unveiled ahead of a meeting of Leeds City Council's planning committee next week.

The first element of the scheme to be built includes 100,000 sq ft of grade A office space, sited immediately to the north of the train station. Detailed plans for the offices will shortly be presented by Cooper Cromar Architects.

The second element of the first phase of the development comprises two 100-unit private residential blocks and one 50-apartment complex adjacent to the office development.

The two blocks will provide around 300 homes for private rental and will be developed by HTA Architects.

CEG is holding a public consultation event on 13 April 2015 for the first phase. Later stages will see applications for three and four bed family homes.

As well as the jobs, £10m will be invested to improve education, community provision and transport in the area. The new residents and workers on the site are expected to generate some £40m of spend into the local economy each year.