Holbeck developments move forward

Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum recently heard updates from developers about four major schemes including the iconic Grade I listed Temple Works.

The Forum, which is open to residents and businesses and will discuss all new planning applications now the Neighbourhood Plan has been approved in last week’s referendum, met at St Matthew’s Community Centre on Saturday 10 February.

David Hodgson from CEG told the meeting how they had stepped in to buy the iconic, Grade I listed, Temple Works on Marshall Street to stop it going to auction.

South Leeds Life reported in November that with a reserve price of just £1 there were fears that an irresponsible developer could by the mill and allow it to deteriorate further.

CEG do not have any firm plans for the building yet and are working to understand the structure which was revolutionary in the 1840s when it was built as a flax spinning mill. They plan to have carried out urgent remedial works and make the building watertight by the end of this year.

CEG’s main scheme on the corner of Water Lane and Globe Road is progressing with the first building work due to start later this year.

Architect Nick Brown explained how he had been influenced by the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan’s emphasis on green routes.

The ‘Radius’ scheme of 223 flats on the corner of Springwell Road and Whitehall Road, which we reported on last April, will use trees at street level to deal with the problems of wind that their neighbour Bridgewater Place (‘The Dalek’) has suffered from. Work is due to start on the site in June this year.

The scheme for Midland Mills, off Water Lane near the viaduct, will shortly be submitted for full planning permission. As well as renovating the historic mill complex to form modern workshops and offices, the scheme will see a 33 storey residential tower block on the site.

The design of another project of 101 flats on Manor Road was inspired by the precision engineering firm that previously occupied the site (Alan Bush). The flats will be clad in copper and bronze.