Leeds Federated and Keyland are advancing a Pudsey site. Credit: planning documents

Leeds continues affordable housing drive

The city’s south and west plans panel is tipped to greenlight 130 homes across two Pudsey projects, along with a Parklife community hub in Holbeck.

Leeds City Council’s south & west plans panel will meet on Thursday 6 June, with three key items on the agenda, two of them 100% affordable housing and the third a leisure and community scheme.

At Owlcotes Road in Pudsey, Leeds Federated Housing Association and Keyland are looking for resefved matters approval on a 54-home project, while LCC is itself the applicant for housing at Hough Top.

LFHA and Keyland – Yorkshire Water’s development arm secured outline consent for Pudsey in 2021, but were rebuffed when seeking reserved matters last autumn, with a decision deferred: since then a footpath has been removed and other tweaks made.

Peacock + Smith is the planning adviser, with Acanthus WSM the architect and TEL the landscape architect.

The scherme is 100% affordable. Credit: planning documents

The project includes 25 two-bedroom houses, 10 four-bedroom houses and 12 three-bedroom houses, with four one-bed flats. A one-bed house and two two-bed bungalows making up the balance.

LCC’s £22m council homes plan at Hough Top, a former school site, went before the panel for a position statement in March, seeking feedback on design and highways access.

The project is one of those for which West Yorkshire Combined Authority brownfield funding support is lined up. Watson Batty is the architect and nineteen47 the planner.

On the table are 82 affordable homes: 55 two-storey houses and a three-storey building comprising 27 apartments. The site will have two new vehicular access points from Hough Top

The mix is: 28 two-bed houses, 23 three-bed houses, four four-bed houses, 17 one-bed flats and 10 two-bed flats. The scheme is 100% affordable housing with all properties set at social rent.

Land at the former Matthew Murrays school on Brown Lane East, Holbeck is to house three 3G football pitches and two multi-use games areas, along with changing rooms and a café. The site will also become home to a pharmacy and GP consulting rooms and a gym.

The southern half of the 15-acre plot will be enhanced as parkland, with active travel routes added.

This is the last of four Parklife projects proposed vor Leeds, and is proposed as a replacement for a previously apperoved project at Fullerton Park, due to this site having more scope.

A national scheme, the Parklife Project is funded by the Football Association, Premier League, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Sport England and the Football Foundation, and seeks a sustainable model for grassroots football by improving urban pitches.

Each project can be viewed on the Leeds portal: Owlcotes at LFHA 22/06335/RM. Hough Top at 23/06663/FU and Parklife at 23/06023/FU.

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