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I posted this on what was formerly the works/ bankside thread in March. Key points in bold...

Fresh plans for Leeds chemical works site

The sprawling site of a former Leeds chemical works has been sold off and looks set to be redeveloped.

And hopes are high that a project that could build offices or residential units may also see jobs created on the huge site on Kirkstall Road.

Earlier this week it was announced that Blenheim Developments has bought the 14-acre development site at an estimated cost of around £3m.

Yorkshire Chemical Works used to occupy the site before their closure in January 2006.

After the plant shut down, the site was cleared and since then the land has remained open.

Council planning bosses have already given the green light for the land to be redeveloped.

The site has planning permission for 1.5m sq ft of office space, residential units and a green urban park.

Sheffield-based Peter Burrows, the managing director of Blenheim Developments, said: “Kirkstall Road has an existing planning consent for some amazing development opportunities, although we will be looking to make alterations to some aspects of the original master-plan.

“The property market has changed dramatically over the last few years and the plans, which were first submitted back in 2006 just don’t make commercial sense in this current market.”

Blenheim said the site could be turned into office or residential space.

The Yorkshire Dyeworks and Chemical Company was founded there in 1900.

The company went into liquidation due to competition from abroad.

In August 2006, the site was acquired for £15m by developer Gladedale Group.

Gladedale has now sold the site to Blenheim.

Development of the vacant site is another boost for Kirkstall, where hopes are already high that the Kirkstall Forge development will create thousands of jobs.

As reported in the YEP, approval has been given for a new railway station at Kirkstall Forge paving the way for a £350m regeneration project to begin, creating 2,400 jobs.
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Yep. It's definately a Greek haircut. We need more of this across the city for the development game to get started again. I think Otter Island, City House and Lumiere will act as a barometer for future development. All were bought post-recession at a realistic price.

Other key areas include council owned land such as Sovereign Street, International Pool site and Quarry Hill. And then there's Eastgate. Definately going to be some unhappy landowners when the CPO prices come in!
 

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The fence along the towpath makes it look like a low security jail. This development includes the first back to backs in Leeds since the 1920's. They're now called something like 'two storey apartments that back on to each other'. I've lived in a decent back to back and they do have their benefits - I know many were substandard. The design of this scheme has zero architectural merit though.
 
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