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Quite a nice surprise. I think the fact they're suggesting a redesign is interesting, the City Reach design would have been fairly easy to throw up and split off 35% as affordable housing, so it makes you wonder what they have in mind. I'm aware of Clarion's existence, so I'm in two minds about this.

Negative mindset - They're redesigning the plot to include more affordable housing and make as much money of out this site as possible. Lets be honest, the plot is big enough to include a lot of housing.

Positive mindset - Clarion was partly behind Chronicle Tower in Islington (previously called Lexicon), from a quick scan around it seems it was a joint venture between them and another developer. I refuse to post a photo of it on here and jinx it, but it would look great on Kirkstall Rd :)
 

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I don't really know what sort of difference there is when it includes affordable housing.

I mean we don't see glass clad scheme in Leeds anyway so I can't imagine it making much of a difference tbh.
 

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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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Yes, that's the revised Inhabit scheme (after they bought both plots), about half way down page 7 of this thread.

Great news that a planning application for remediation has gone in, if they complete that it's more than the Inhabit ever did! Bodes well, as they clearly don't have to put in an application for this on it's own, it's a sign they want to get started on site as soon as planning is approved (of course, they've got to apply for planning first!).
 

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In the space of 6 months I've gone from questioning why residential developers won't touch Leeds with a barge pole, to wondering who is going to live in all these new flats 😂

Obviously tongue in cheek... this would be another welcome addition!
I know what you mean. If you browser rightmove, all the major cities have loads of apartments for sale, but Leeds has significantly less - city centre that is.
 
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