The Vision site sits across from the undeveloped Echo 3 plot. Credit: planning documents

Vision hopes for Leeds approval

A site on the eastern fringe of the city centre is being lined up for a project featuring office space and apartments, a plan opposed by neighbouring landowners.

Leeds City Council’s city plans panel will next week consider the proposals, for a site on Cross Green Lane, close to its junction with Easy Road.

The site is close to the Echo development, with Citu’s Climate Innovation District just across the river another of the projects under way in the area.

Applicant Vision Properties Development Group wants to develop 27-29 and 37-41 Cross Green Lane and deliver a phased scheme, with 28 apartments in the western phase and 10 apartments and offices in the eastern part.

An existing office building, factory building and three houses across the site would be demolished.

Officer recommendation is that power should be delegated to the chief planning officer to approve, on the proviso of three affordable homes being provided.

Advising on the proposals are planner Planning Potential, Mesh Architects, Nova Acoustics, Geo-Environmental, Andrew Moseley Associates, Brooks Ecological, Paul Waite Associates, LEDA and RWDI Anemos

The plans came before the November city plans panel, but determination was deferred with the panel requesting better information on the design.

Vision’s plans aspire to net zero. Around half the flats are two-bedroom (the remainder of mix of one- and three-bedroom) and would mostly have balconies, and the scheme offers an active frontage through ground floor office space. Fifteen new car parking spaces are proposed, to join six retained slots.

Most of the apartments will be two-bedroom. Credit: planning documents

The site concerned is an aggregation of several properties, and is 60m long and around 20m deep. It sitds on the opposite corner of Cross Green Lane to the undeveloped Echo phase three plot, to the east of Echo 1 and Echo 2.

Objections have come from both the owner of the adjacent 43 Cross Green Lane apartments, who said that light issues would be made worse by the new-build. The owner of the Cross Green Lane trading estate has also protested, on grounds of scale.

Officers conclude, however, that “this proposal will regenerate this part of Cross Green with old, neglected buildings demolished and replaced with a contemporary block of flats and ground floor office.

“The proposal is carefully designed to help transition between the higher Echo buildings to the west and the lower scale suburban buildings to the north and east.” Impact on neighbours is described as acceptable.

Vision itself is expected to occupy the 800 sq ft of office space at the site: the firm is already based in the existing office building on site.

The plans can be viewed on Leeds’ planning portal at 23/02725/FU.

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It looks awful and there are some high quality buildings onsite. Needs a rethink.

By Heritage Action

Heritage Action – Which ones? There are zero ‘high quality buildings’ on or adjacent to that site.

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