Housing association to build on vacant city centre site

Clarion has been given approval to build more than 1,400 homes on a vacant brownfield site in Leeds.

The housing association giant got the green light yesterday for the development at a plot formerly occupied by Yorkshire Chemicals works and a First Bus depot in the city centre.

The scheme, to be built by Clarion’s development arm Latimer, will include 1,437 homes and 362 units of student accommodation.

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Work on the scheme will start this summer

Four tower blocks ranging from eight to 17 storeys in height will go up, along with a 15-storey student block and four town houses.

The masterplan, designed by architect Broadway Malan, also includes flexible ground floor space, landscaping, a bridge across the river Aire and shared gardens.

Work on the Kirkstall Road site will begin this summer with an expected finishing date of 2029.

Clarion said in January it had completed 1,586 homes in the first nine months of the 2021/22 financial year and increased its turnover and profit following a slowdown in the wake of the pandemic.

The 125,000-home housing association reported revenue of £783m for the first nine months of the financial year, up from £677m.