Key worker accommodation at former college site gets the ‘go-ahead’

to build key worker accommodation on the former St Michael’s college building
and old police depot site in Little Woodhouse have been approved by planning

major £40m scheme will provide three new buildings comprising of student
accommodation (320 bedspaces), key worker accommodation (259 units) and 61 open
market apartments on land at St John’s Road and Belle Vue Road.

existing buildings on the former police station depot and St Michael’s College
site would be demolished except the original 1908 element of the college which
would be retained and refurbished to form part of the proposed keyworker

Leeds councillors at the City Plans
Panel approved the scheme by the Watkins Jones Group, subject to the completion
of a Section 106 agreement. The scheme was refined following comments by Panel
members at a meeting on 8 May 2014. The architecture of the new buildings has
been revised and some of the smallest key worker studios have been increased in
size in response to councillors concerns.

The applicant also increased their
contribution by £150,000 (£170,000 in total) towards green space to provide
improvements to much needed quality public space in the Hyde Park area,
following negotiations with the council. 

chiefs gave a further boost to the city’s housing growth by also approving planning applications for a development of approximately 70 homes on land near Calverley Lane, Farsley and the
ring road, and proposals for 160 apartments, office space and car parking
spaces and at 2 Skinner Lane, Leeds.

Councillor Peter Gruen,
executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and
support services, said:

“It’s welcoming to see a range of
housing development coming forward to meet the growing demand in our city,
particularly significant investment targeting affordable, quality homes for key
workers. The investment in construction and support offered for local employment
during the works is also welcome.”

Councillor Jim McKenna,
chair of City Centre Plans Panel, said:

“We’re pleased that the developer has
taken on board the comments we’ve made during the planning process. Today’s application is much improved
and more acceptable. It’s good to see this vacant brownfield site being
revitalised with a positive future after suffering from anti-social behaviour.
The mix of residential types proposed will help provide a sustainable


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