Plans outlined for more than 1,200 apartments on vacant site

Pre-application plans for an ambitious mixed-use development in Holbeck, Leeds, were presented to the council’s City Plans Panel earlier today – 27 January.

Site owner and applicant, Westrock, has put forward the scheme for a 3.05 hectare piece of land at the junction of Sweet and Marshall Streets.

It is proposing 1,235 apartments – which would include both build-to-rent (BTR) properties as well as homes for private sale – and two office blocks.

There would also be a club house, ground floor commercial units and extensive landscaping, while an existing pub building would be retained on the edge of the site.

Residential blocks would range from 10 to 27 storeys, while the office buildings would range from four to six storeys and five to seven storeys.

74 car parking spaces are proposed for the BTR apartments, 100 spaces for the open market housing apartments and 105 spaces for the office accommodation.

Councillors were told that Westrock, a real estate investment and development company, has a long-term commitment to providing high quality accommodation.

They were broadly supportive of the plans, with committee chairman Councillor James McKenna stating: “It’s a very exciting proposal which would bring life to a desolate and deserted part of the city.”

Cllr Colin Campbell noted that this is a lot of residential premises for a part of the city which currently has very few amenities for residents.

Cllr Neil Walshaw said: “We would want to see a very high quality development come forward and the housing mix is going to be crucial.

“There’s a lot of scope on this site for some interesting housing options and we’d want to see that reflected when an application is submitted.”