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26-storey development proposed for Leeds car park

Initial plans have been revealed for the development of a 26-storey residential scheme on the site of a car park on the edge of Leeds city centre.

McLaren Living will present pre-application proposals for a site off Water Lane in Holbeck to Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel later today (30 September 2021).

The site is surrounded by a number of former industrial foundry buildings, including the grade II-listed Midland Mills, and is located within the Holbeck Conservation Area and Holbeck Urban Village. It has most recently been in use as a hard surfaced car park.

A multi-level development of residential apartments, ranging from nine to 26 storeys, is proposed for the site.

A total of 360 one-, two- and three-bed apartments are planned, as well as communal amenity spaces. Landscaped external areas would be created, including a raised podium to the centre of the site and roof terraced areas.

Fifty-five car parking spaces are also proposed in an undercroft parking area, as well as 300 secure cycle parking spaces.  

Members of the committee will be asked for their views on the proposed housing mix, the emerging design and car parking provision.

An officer’s report prepared for the meeting said: “Officers consider that the emerging proposals would be sensitive to the special character of the nearby listed Midland Mills and the wider setting of other listed buildings and the Holbeck Conservation Area.

“The proposed footprint, height, and massing of the structure would not unduly dominate the setting of nearby heritage assets.”

Planning permission was granted in 2019 for the refurbishment of Midland Mills and the construction of a 32-storey tower comprising 306 apartments, flexible commercial space and new public realm.

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