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Reserved Matters Planning Application Submitted for Kirkstall Forge

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04 Aug 2015

A reserved matters planning application has been submitted for an 110,000 sq ft, seven storey office as part of the first phase of Commercial Estates Group’s Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds.

This 23-hectare brownfield site will be transformed into a thriving mixed-use community in a wooded riverside setting. The site has outline planning permission for 300,000 sq ft of office space, 1050 new homes and facilities such as cafés, restaurants, retail, leisure, crèche and gym. The ancient forge and water wheel are set to form a focus for the public realm.

As part of the development a new railway station is being delivered connecting the site to Leeds, Bradford and onto the Yorkshire Dales.  Work is already underway on the delivery of the station which is set to open later this year, providing a catalyst for employment and residential opportunities of significant scale.

Jon Kenny, Director of CEG, commented: “The delivery of the railway station means we can offer something very special and unique at Kirkstall Forge; the site will be just minutes from Leeds City Centre. Connectivity of this calibre, coupled with prime office space to rival the city centre, new homes and fantastic facilities in a stunning riverside, woodland location is attracting the interest of a large number of occupiers.”  

This is one of the largest regeneration schemes and the most ambitious project in the north of England. More than £300m is programmed for investment in the site over the next ten years, creating more than 2,400 new jobs and 1,050 new homes – there will be almost 6,000 people living and working on this site by 2025.

The development has also secured the National Placemaking Award for Best Mixed-use Development 2015 - The judging panel, which includes urban designers, planners, housebuilders, regeneration companies, the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and English Heritage, said they loved the scheme’s scale, ambition, partnership and environmental values.

Further reserved matters planning applications will be submitted in the coming months for the first phase of residential development. For further information visit www.kirkstallforge.com