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Latimer buys Inhabit Leeds residential site
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Pui-Guan Man09/09/2020 | Residential | LeedsPrint
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Clarion Housing Group’s development arm, Latimer, has bought the former City Reach site in Leeds, which it will redesign as a residential-led mixed-use scheme.

Latimer plans to invest more than £200m in the project.

Inhabit put the site up for sale in 2018, with consent for 18 build-to-rent homes, 240 for-sale homes, 309 student beds and 9,902 sq ft of commercial space.

The location, on Kirkstall Road, comprises 13 acres of brownfield land.

Under Latimer’s new proposals, up to 35% of homes at the scheme will be affordable.

Latimer outlined its ambition to...
 

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Full article from the YP.


New residential site on Kirkstall Road in Leeds snapped up
Latimer, Clarion Housing Group’s development arm, has completed the purchase of a new residential site on Kirkstall Road to the west of Leeds city centre.

The site, which was formerly known as City Reach, comprises 13 acres of brownfield land between the River Aire and Kirkstall Road.

The site has existing planning consent for more than 1,000 homes alongside student accommodation, but Latimer has commenced a redesign to deliver a residential-led mixed-use scheme.

It hopes to create a community alongside retail units, space for creative industries and leisure facilities, providing employment opportunities for local people.

A cultural centre and facilities for local artists will be designed as part of the future plans, along with public realm and improved access to the waterfront and across the River Aire to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

A focus on sustainable transport provision along with improved connectivity to the city centre will be a key element of the new vision for the development. Designs for the residential units will support home working.

As part of the plan, the intent is that the new scheme will deliver up to 35 per cent of homes for affordable tenures. The overall investment in the scheme by Latimer will be more than £200m.
Work on site is expected to begin in early 2021 with site remediation and submission of a revised planning permission.

Richard Cook, group director of development for Latimer, said: “Our vision is to give a new lease of life to the site, kick-starting a residential-led mixed-use regeneration along the River Aire and Kirkstall Road which has been a vison for the City of Leeds for more than ten years.

"We want to deliver a high quality, mixed and sustainable community which sets a new benchmark for the provision of affordable homes in Leeds, with private outside space for residents alongside public open spaces, employment opportunities and car-free access into the city centre.

“In addition to homes for private sale, this development will deliver much-needed affordable rent and shared ownership homes, enabling more people to benefit from all that the city has to offer. We welcome the opportunity to engage with both the City of Leeds and the wider community to bring forward this scheme of significant importance.”

Councillor Debra Coupar, executive member for communities at Leeds City Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to create a new community in the heart of Leeds, alongside the delivery of much needed affordable housing. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with Clarion Housing Group to make this ambition a reality for our city.”

The profits from Latimer schemes are reinvested into Clarion Housing Group to build more affordable homes, improve and maintain existing homes and support communities through the group’s charitable
 

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They can, if they so choose, refuse an application for completely unacceptable reasons. There have been several examples in the past year or so (outside Leeds) of developers winning appeals and full costs for applications which were refused by committees for purely political reasons not related to planning or due to dubious 'design' issues.

Planning officers obviously strongly advise them how they should look at applications but you will notice on a lot of these Panel meetings that councillors make rash comments like 'officers shouldn't be telling us what to do or how to vote', and I sometimes think they like disagreeing with them for the sake of feeling powerful.
Ttebroc, did the developers of the former Neighbour BTR scheme you were involved appeal?
 

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21/08190/FU | Hybrid planning application for a phased development; full permission for demolition of existing buildings and structures, site remediation, regrading and preparatory works, erection of four residential buildings (use class C3), townhouses (use class C3 ) and student accommodation (sui generis) with ground floor and other uses comprising any or all of retail, commercial, community, health, cultural and leisure (use classes E, F1 and/or F2) and associated means of access, parking, landscaping, associated infrastructure works and construction of a new river wall and bridge crossing; outline permission, to be implemented in phases, for mixed use development comprising residential use (use class C3); and other uses including all or some of the following: retail, leisure, commercial, health, cultural and community uses (use classes E, F1 and / or F2); car parking, new public spaces; hard and soft landscaping; cycle parking; access; servicing; and other associated infrastructure and engineering works | 10 - 81 Kirkstall Road Burley Leeds LS3 1LH


Planning application is in, its a hybrid application part detailed, part outline.

 

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I can't face watching the plans panel meeting for this or any other residential schemes now. Expect the same tedious arguments about the amount of green space, 3 bedroom apartments, affordable housing, trees, children's play areas, NIMBY's objecting. I'm not saying these things aren't important, I just wish they were sorted (if they are policy) before they went to panel.
 
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