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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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Leeds Yarn Street

On the ISIS website I stumbled, then fell, across this:
leeds yarn street

Location: On the edge of Hunslet and adjoining the River Aire.

Vision: A new waterside village extension to Hunslet providing 390 quality family homes, apartments and gardens within walking distance of the neighbourhood facilities.

Architect: Benoy

USP: Affordable family homes within an existing community that provides easy access to Leeds city centre.

Stages:

Planning application: Spring 2006
Planning to be granted: Summer 2006
Start on site: January 2007
Phase 1 completed: Spring 2008

http://www.isis.gb.com/developments/leeds_yarn.htm

Looks quite good to me; there is an artists impression too.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:50 PM   #2
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That looks pretty class actually, and should helpfully kick start regeneration in the southern suburbs of the city. Affordable housing aswell, sounds good.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:55 PM   #3
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Also a nice little change from the usual apartment blocks we see springing up; should provide a wider choice of housing for people seeking residence in the city centre/inner city, and make the best use of the river and Hunslet which frm my knowledge has been a bit neglected in recent years... like most of the inner city...
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Old March 29th, 2006, 05:48 PM   #4
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Great find no. 1.
Looks decent, and from the same architects as the funky Granary Wharf block, I believe.

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Great find no. 1.
Looks decent, and from the same architects as the funky Granary Wharf block, I believe.

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Old March 29th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #6
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At last a site and development that explicitly mentions 'affordable housing'. The idea of family homes, mixed in with apartments is long needed. Agree it could be rather pleasant - any idea exactly where it will be sited?

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Great Find LN1. Could this be planned for all the derelict land beyond South Accomodation Rd, past the derelict Hunslet mills. If you've ever been down it's desolate yet 5-10 mins walk from Clarence Dock.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...1750&ay=431750
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Duh! just noticed Yarn Street on the map site I posted. Not a bad guess, eh?
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Looking at that picture I recon this will either look really nice or really tacky, but its good to see some variety in city center accomodation.
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These are the same architects behind Birmingham's Bullring I think.
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Yes, they are.
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Old February 6th, 2009, 12:53 PM   #13
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I thought the Yarn Street site was dormant since it no longer appears on the development list on the ISIS website.

But I was wrong; mooching around on the city council's website during an idle hour this morning, I came upon the minutes of a planning panel last autumn which approved the following application from Miller Homes:
  • 112 flats (one to two bedrooms) in blocks of up to 6 storeys
  • 168 houses (two to five bedrooms)
  • 4 shop/cafe units
  • riverside pavilion


Obviously, there's a question over when such a development might start on site given the economic climate. But building work has started in the last year on a number of housing developments within the EASEL area so construction hasn't come to a complete standstill.

It's also interesting (well, to me it is) because the Yarn Street site is right next door to the amazing Hunslet Mills where we've been waiting in vain for years for the projected residential development to begin.

Anyway, the planning paper is here for the full report.
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It'd be interesting if residential developments did spring up round there, as it's becoming a pretty established modern industrial district along with Stourton, with new developments like Hunslet Wharf being built.
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It'd be interesting if residential developments did spring up round there, as it's becoming a pretty established modern industrial district along with Stourton, with new developments like Hunslet Wharf being built.
What is the Hunslet Wharf development?

Still if this does Yarn Street scheme does get developed (pending on the economy of course) it would surely be a way of spreading regeneration down towards Hunslet which I guess in the long term could benefit from extensive regeneration opportunities considering it is not that far away from the city centre and of course it could increase the likelyness of any restoration of the Hunslet Mills to finally take place.

I guess the main thing though is whether dull standard generic architecture will be used or if it is something special as shown in the previous ISIS proposals. At least it would mean something which could make good use the currently highly isolated Lord Merlyn-Rees Riverside Garden (why was that developed in such an isolated area and it hasn't had much problems of vandalism has it?). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/w...re/7321406.stm

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As an idea in the long term for regenerating Hunslet (whenever economic conditions are right of course) what about a possible development on land presently used for the Tulip Retail Park (which has always been a bit of a failure through lack of custom (and I can guess most people in Leeds have never heard of the place) and stores, albiet it is currently being converted into the South Leeds Retail Park, I can see it's problems continue unless there is no major change) and on land used for a Mecca Bingo Hall and warehousing on the opposite site of the Leeds - Castleford railway from the Tulip Retail Park which I guess could include a dedicated railway station (perhaps with connection with the Middleton heritage railway) and could be for a wide array of potential developments such as education, offices, residential, leisure, retail etc.
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What is the Hunslet Wharf development?
A sexy new industrial development going by the river down in Hunslet:
http://www.cartertowler.co.uk/pdf/property/1304.pdf

I think it's just important to remember that this area is primarily an industrial one, and most of the industrial units are modern ones as well as this is one of Leeds' main indsutrial areas due to its motorway connections (which will only increase with the ELLR).

Any residential developments (which wouldn't emerge for quite some time in the current climate) are going to be situated next door to some pretty big industrial parks, and would look over the river at Cross Green.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #17
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From today's YEP:

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Brownfield Leeds site to become 'eco' settlement

Published Date: 25 February 2009

By Suzanne McTaggart

A BROWNFIELD site in Leeds looks set to transformed into the region's first urban eco-settlement. The Aire Valley in Leeds is one of two sites recommended to become "fast-tracked" eco-communities, providing a "trail-blazing" example to the other ear-marked sites in Yorkshire, including one in North Kirklees/South Dewsbury.

The project, which involves the building of environmentally-friendly housing developments on existing brownfield sites, involves four settlements, including one in the Bradford to Shipley canal corridor. But only the Aire Valley site – at either Yarn Street or Copperfield College – and a site near York are likely to be fast-tracked, with the outcome of an independent study to be discussed at Thursday's meeting of the Leeds City Regions Board.

The agenda reads: "The Yarn Street site in particular offers significant potential for the delivery of a phase one eco-examplar community. With public sector investment support the Yarn Street site offers immediate opportunities to fast-track an initial development of up to 280 units with opportunities for further expansion through later phases of development on nearby sites.

"There is also scope to deliver eco-principles through the master planning of the site, with the scheme acting as a benchmark for future sustainable development across the Aire Valley."

The study, carried out by GVA Grimley Ltd and Scott Wilson, was also commissioned to identify delivery constraints, timescales and costs of the eco-settlements, which will be funded by a government scheme. The settlements provide an alternative to the controversial eco-towns, which would involve the bulldozing of green fields to build environmentally-friendly housing developments.

Last year, the Leeds City Regions Board – made up of council leaders from across Yorkshire – rejected plans for an eco-town with up to 6,000 homes at the former Gascoigne Wood mine near Sherburn. At the time, Coun Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council, said the board wanted to spend government money on new houses on brownfield sites, rather than building controversial eco-towns.

He said: "They (the Government] started with 15 sites for eco-towns, and this has been reduced and reduced as local people have let their feelings known. We want funding to build high quality affordable houses on brownfield sites that already have the infrastructure to cope with them, rather than eco-towns that destroy green fields."

The Government recently announced that the Leeds City Region had secured £6.5m of additional funding over the next two years to bring forward housing development in Wakefield, Barnsley and Calderdale.

Coun Carter said: "The Aire Valley site would be good for a trail-blazing eco-settlement because it provides affordable housing on a brownfield site. It would also benefit Leeds in terms of regeneration and economic regeneration."
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Article in the YEP on the proposed development of an "eco-settlement in Yarm Street (which could possibly be alternatively developed at the former Copperfields College site in Cross Green). http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.u...and.5019535.jp

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Eco dream for wasteland


The former Copperfield College site in Cross Green

26 February 2009
By Grant Woodward
YOU can't get to Yarn Street any more, the road to it is barred with fencing and imposing slabs of masonry.
But beyond the wire and concrete it's possible to see the expanse of wasteland earmarked for Leeds's first eco-settlement.

Scattered with debris and rubbish, it's bordered by a coach depot and a string of derelict redbrick warehouses whose windows have long since been boarded up.

At the other end, furthest from the road, is the River Aire where snow-white seagulls swoop low over the water before flying back across the waste ground.

There is no community to speak of in this corner of Hunslet, just an industrial estate inhabited by car dealerships, small engineering firms and the grey-white chimneys of a works which poke above the trees at one end of the site.

Soon, however, it could all look very different.

After several false starts which included a scrapped private scheme to build 9,000 houses on green belt land in Rothwell, Oulton and Woodlesford, Leeds now appears ready to dip its toe in the eco-community water.

The site at Yarn Street and council-owned land on Cross Green Lane formerly occupied by Copperfield College have been earmarked for the city's first eco-settlement of around 3,300 affordable homes.

Eventually upwards of 7,700 homes could be built in the Aire Valley in Leeds at an estimated cost of £11.5m, with a further 4,800 or more in North Kirklees and South Dewsbury, 5,000 along the Bradford-to-Shipley canal corridor and 4,000 in York.

U-turn

It represents something of a U-turn for Leeds, which has previously been vocal in its opposition to the Government's attempts to persuade local authorities to build eco-towns.

Leeds City Council leader Andrew Carter, a member of the Leeds City Region Leaders' Board which is meeting today to consider the proposals, believes this scheme is very different to the vision laid out by Whitehall.

"The eco-towns were anything but eco-friendly," he said. "They were to be built on greenfield sites miles away from where people were working.

"They were unsustainable. The whole idea was crackpot and flew in the face of what a lot of us were trying to achieve – the regeneration of brownfield sites, of which there are many in the Leeds City region.

"This is about building energy-efficient homes equipped with a renewable energy supply, with good public transport links and access to communal open spaces."

Green groups have also been wary of the eco-community idea, dismissing it as little more than a Government gimmick and a token gesture given the scale of the state's ambitious house-building programme.

"They talk about building 30,000 homes in Yorkshire and Humberside and three million in the country as a whole every year," said Simon Bowens, regional campaigns coordinator for the Yorkshire and Humber branch of Friends of the Earth. "So the eco-town concept is just a drop in the ocean."

The organisation is angry at plans to build some eco-communities on the Green Belt, as well as expressing reservations about the Government's definition of brownfield land.

There were red faces all round recently when housing minister Margaret Beckett was forced to admit her predecessor, Caroline Flint, had made errors in a statement to Parliament.

Ms Flint had claimed that two proposed eco-town sites were on brownfield land when in fact they were on green fields.

But both the Yarn Street and Cross Green Lane sites are brownfield in the truest sense of the word.

At the latter, bright orange diggers claw away at a ground littered with piles of rubble. The only thing left standing is a lone brick chimney.

A man coming out of the bookies across the road says he has heard whispers of new homes being built there and seems unconcerned.

Unruffeld

A woman who lives nearby is similarly unruffled. "It would be better than getting travellers on there," she says.

The Cross Green Lane site is close to the city centre and boasts decent links with the motorway network, factors which finds favour with Friends of the Earth.

"If these eco-settlements are built on genuine brownfield sites and incorporated within the urban boundaries of Leeds then it's a much better idea," says Simon Bowens.

"It is far better to have them in existing communities rather than putting an eco-town out on a limb. They need to be accessible to existing jobs, shops and services in the local community.

"Solar and wind power could be used to provide renewable energy sources and with transport it's a case of reducing car dependency and increasing not just the frequency of public transport but the comfort factor as well, so that people actually want to travel on it."

However, there are suggestions that the eco-settlement debate is diverting money away from where it is really needed.

The Federation of Master Builders shares Friends of the Earth's belief that cash should instead be ploughed into making existing homes more energy efficient.

"Our housing stock contributes 27 per cent of the UK's total carbon emissions and 85 per cent of it will still be standing in 2050," said Brian Berry, the Federation's director of external affairs.

"The Government wants to cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent by the same year. But if it is going to do that it will need to tackle the 26 million existing homes in this country."

That means fitting more homes with cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and double or even triple glazing which would not just help the environment but also the five million people in the UK who live in fuel poverty, defined as spending more than 10 per cent of a household's disposable income on gas and electricity bills.

It's an argument that Andrew Carter, for one, supports and identifies as a key initiative running parallel to the creation of eco-communities.

"We are currently working to try to bring forward schemes that will enable us to make more council and private properties more energy efficient to help people who live there."

Whether this two-pronged approach will work only time will tell. But it seems Leeds is at least ready to make a start.

The Leeds eco blueprint

7,700 new energy-efficient, affordable homes

Built on empty brownfield sites

Located in existing urban areas close to jobs

Improved public transport links to reduce car use

Renewable energy supply through wind and solar power

Access to communal open spaces
Interesting article and at least it shows the common sense that "eco-homes" should be proposed within cities as opposed to being located miles and miles away from anywhere (which was previously proposed for the Leeds City Region).

However the main question of course is where would the funding for such a development come from, what is the timeframe and do any plans or renders exist for any of these schemes at Yarm Street, Copperfields College, Aire Valley and the sites elsewhere in West Yorkshire?
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Eventually upwards of 7,700 homes could be built in the Aire Valley in Leeds at an estimated cost of £11.5m,
That's at a cost of under £1,500 each, that would certainly solve the housing crisis .
Can't these reporting idiots ever get anything right?
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That's at a cost of under £1,500 each, that would certainly solve the housing crisis .
Can't these reporting idiots ever get anything right?
maybe they're garden sheds?
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