Councillors on the City Plans Panel have approved plans for the redevelopment of the former Kays warehouse site in Holbeck at their meeting on Thursday (23 March 2023).
The site, bordered by Nineveh Road, Marshall Street and Sweet Street and adjacent to the Holbeck rail depot, has lain derelict for many years. The site formerly housed the Kays Catalogue warehouse which was built in 1981 and deolished following closure in 2004.
The site includes the historic Commerial Inn on the corner of Sweet Street and Marshall Street. The rail union ASLEF was founded here and the pub was run by Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer for many years. The plans are to refurbish the Commercial and retain it as a pub.
Phase 1 of the development, which has recieved full planning permission (subject to conditions) comprises 451 flats in a residential block of three linked towers of 10, 12 and 14 storeys running west along Sweet Street; an 8 storey office block facing Marshall Street; the renovation and extension of the Commerial pub on the corner of Sweet Street and Marshall Street; and a 4 storey ‘pavilion’ providing social spaces for the new residents.
As well as residential and office uses, ground floor accommodation across the scheme will be available retail, hospitality and other commercial uses.
Phase 2 of the development gained outline planning permission for up to 900 more flats in two 14 storey blocks and one 30 storey block; plus a second 6 storey office block.
Councillors accepted that the developers could not deliver all the usual planning requirements due to viability issues.
However, the scheme will contribue £896,000 to improvements on Bath Road; pay for a pedestrian crossing over Ninevah Road close to the Marshall Street junction; and create some ‘afforable’ private rented flats.
Two options for the reduced planning obligations were put to the Panel with a different mix of elements. One would include 82 ‘affordable’ units, the other 44 units. The decision on which option to choose was deferred to consult with Beeston & Holbeck ward Councillors.
You can read the report to the City Plans Panel here.
You can watch the debate here (item starts at 2:00:00)
Image: CGI of the development showing blocks with full approval and those (in white) with outline approval
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