Leeds City Council’s ambitious and significant Brownfield Development Programme across East Leeds has officially gotten underway. Keepmoat Homes and Strata have now begun development work on sites at Brooklands Avenue, York Road and Kentmere Approach in Seacroft and Cartmell Drive in Halton Moor, in what constitutes the first phase of a £140m regeneration scheme.
It’s hoped the programme will help regenerate the neighborhoods of Seacroft, Halton Moor, and Osmondthorpe, which have struggled to keep pace with the rest of the city. In total, it should deliver more than 1,000 much needed new homes on land which has been unused.
A further 700 homes will be built on the land to the rear of Seacroft hospital, a move which will support 900 new jobs in the area.
Leading the development charge are developers Keepmoat and Strata, who have secured contracts and permission for 13 significant developments across East Leeds, and follows the Council’s move to market the sites as a package in 2015. The last 18 months have formed a consultation period between the council and developers.
It’s the scale of the developments which impress, however. The initial phase will see the construction of 178, two, three and four-bedroom properties at Brooklands Avenue, 33, three and four–bedroom homes at York Road and 45, two and three-bedroom homes at Cartmell Drive.
On top of that, Kentmere Approach will see 128, two, three and four-bed properties over the next two years and Bishops Way’s development will get underway soon, providing a further 109 homes for the area.
Together, the developers will deliver 1,700 new houses over 10 years, averaging 150 a year over the period.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, spoke on the news, saying: “This is the largest single private housing deal we’ve done for some years in Leeds and reaffirms that with the right strategy the delivery of new homes on brownfield land can be successfully achieved.
“It is a testament to the Council’s approach of bringing sites to the market in a way that offers confidence and certainty to developers and gives them the opportunity to make a long-term commitment in parts of the city where some housebuilders won’t think of investing.”
Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council executive member for communities, added: “This programme in Seacroft and Halton Moor is significant and will deliver major regeneration within these communities including new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. “This partnership working with developers is important to help bring about benefits for existing residents as well as attracting new people to the area through a greater range of high quality and affordable housing options.”
Ian Hoad, managing director of Keepmoat West Yorkshire, also commented: “This is an exciting time for Leeds as the city undergoes some major changes. We’re delighted to be delivering much-needed houses to local residents, as part of Leeds City Council’s extensive regeneration vision, as well as providing local jobs and training opportunities.
“The brownfield sites offer huge potential for redevelopment which the Council has recognized and we look forward to working with Strata Homes to make the vision a reality.”
Andrew Weaver, chief executive of Strata, concluded: “We are extremely pleased to be a part of an exciting and unique partnership that will not only meet local housing requirements but also deliver on so many different levels; from enhancing the local community through to developing skills as a result of the local job opportunities that it will create. We’re excited to see the ideas and vision come to life for the benefit of the city and local residents.”