Green light for 1,400-unit Broadway Malyan program | News

Broadway Malyan has been given the go-ahead for a massive 1,400-home project on riverside land in Leeds.

Leeds City Council councilors voted in favor of the planning officer’s recommendation to approve the project at the end of last week.

Designed for Latimer, the development arm of the UK’s largest housing association, Clarion, it will see the construction of 11 blocks ranging in height from eight to 17 storeys.

The largely vacant 5ha site just west of the town center on the banks of the River Aire was previously occupied by the former Yorkshire Chemical Works and a bus depot.

A handful of heritage buildings on the site, including the former Imperial Table House dating from 1913 (pictured below), will be demolished to make way for the new development.

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The planning application had initially committed just 7% of homes to be affordable, but Clarion has extended that number to 503 homes in total following a successful funding offer from Homes England.

The scheme also includes a 355-bedroom student accommodation block, a riverside park, a new river crossing, 1,100 bicycle parking spaces and commercial and retail space.

Councilor Caroline Gruen, chair of the north and east plans committee, said the development was “a good project and a great use of brownfields”. [land]adding that it was “the management [the council] should come in”.

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Broadway Malyan’s architectural director, Luke Walter, said: “We were keen to maximize the strengths of the site in our masterplan – the River Aire, proximity to the city centre, excellent transport links – and to capture the history of the site as an important aspect of the design process to maintain its authenticity and bring real change to the region.

Last week the firm resubmitted its plans for a massive and controversial housing project in the medieval center of Norwich for developer Weston Homes.

Initial plans for 1,250 homes were rejected by former housing secretary Robert Jenrick in 2020 due to ‘oversize’.

The new scaled-down proposals have removed a 20-storey tower, cut 150 houses and reduced the total floor area by a third.

But Save Britain’s Heritage expressed ‘major concerns’ about the project, which it said was still too big for the historic conservation area site.

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

The 125,000-unit housing association reported turnover of £783m for the first nine months of the financial year, down from £677m.

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