Southdale's partner, Leeds-based architect Watson & Batty, said residents would be rehoused. Watson & Batty director Mike Broadhead said: "A lot of the homes were voids – people on the estate who want to stay can do."
Broadhead added that the public consultation process had been comprehensive. He said: "Along with Southdale Homes, we have been in a period of close consultation with members of the local communities to ascertain exactly what they want."
We have consulted members of the local communities to ascertain exactly what they want
Mike Broadhead, director, Watson & Batty
The 40-strong practice has developed a five-year project to build 640 houses and improved leisure, health and education facilities.
Project leaders hope to secure funding from the government's single regeneration budget, and have already won some neighbourhood renewal money. The project is linked to the government's New Deal employment scheme.