Leeds targets 20,000 new homes

Leeds City Council has confirmed a series of brownfield sites it will use to deliver 20,000 new homes by 2028.

Approximately 10,000 homes could be developed in the city centre core, including South Bank and Holbeck, with a further 10,000 in the surrounding Hunslet Riverside, East Street Corridor, Northern Gateway and West End and Kirkstall Corridor, incorporating Kirkstall Forge.

The city is now looking to play a proactive role in brokering relationships between funders and developers and working with the government to invest in infrastructure to unlock the sites to deliver a broad mix of housing types, tenure and price.

Distributed across 84 sites in the six separate ‘zones’ that include the city centre core, which is capable of delivering nearly 2,000 homes; South Bank and Holbeck, supporting around 7,600 homes; Hunslet Riverside, 1,885 homes; East Street Corridor, 1,350 homes; The Northern Gateway, 2,707 homes and the West End and Kirkstall Corridor with 4,253 homes.

Speaking at Mipim, councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Ensuring that Leeds has a vibrant city centre that everyone can benefit from is at the heart of the council’s plans. Key to that is attractive, thriving communities that people want to live in and delivering a wide variety of housing types and tenures to suit all life stages.

“Leeds has one of the fastest growing economies and workforces in the UK with 140,000 people working in the city centre alone. Transforming our brownfield sites into these attractive communities supports regeneration, continued economic growth and public services, helping to avoid the problems that some cities have faced of low levels of occupation of the city centre at weekends. We are taking a proactive approach to boosting housing delivery locally and providing an example of best practice nationally.”

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