Strata homes have submitted a proposal to build 113 new homes on the former Yorkshire Chemicals site along the A65/Kirkstall Road, an area known to some as Otter Island. The plans include 17 terraced homes and 96 hybrid style homes which combine elements of a traditional house with an apartment. Councillors on Leeds City Council’s planning committee will decide whether or not to approve the plans next week.
The site has lain vacant for some time, with Yorkshire Chemical Works closing down in 2006. Planning permission had been granted to develop the site back in 2011, but the economic downturn halted action from being taken. But now things aren’t so bad, it is hoped that this project will go ahead, and potentially act as a catalyst for more residential developments in the city centre.
Because of the unique shape of the site, like a wedge between the River Aire and the Leeds-Liverpool canal, many of the houses will face onto both the river and the canal, making for some pretty decent views.
Officers have recommended approval of the scheme, subject to a community contributions agreement by the developer.
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