Leeds city centre is set to benefit from a brand new £2.5m affordable housing scheme after Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) secured planning permission to develop 23 apartments in a highly sought after location on Hanover Square.
The scheme has been designed by Leeds-based Brewster Bye Architects and will replace a vacant building known as Kendal Carr that adjoins an extension of the Grade II listed Denison Hall, which was built in 1786.
The contemporary new-build design draws its inspiration from the local Georgian and Victorian architecture with features including an elegant and simple roof line and windows similar to those found in the surrounding period townhouses. The building will be constructed from a carefully specified red-brick that is in keeping with large parts of Leeds and will sit comfortably alongside the nearby Victorian terraced two-storey homes and three-storey Georgian houses that make up the community of Hanover Square.
Joanna Chambers, Development Manager from LYHA said: “We are delighted to have achieved planning permission for this scheme which will bring much needed 7 one bedroom and 16 two bedroom affordable homes, with the added benefit of on-site parking, to this hugely sought after area close to the city centre.
“The new apartments will be at the forefront of modern living standards and will be energy efficient and affordable to live in. Some of the ground floor flats will also include small areas of private open space and every home will also have a secure cycle space.”
Architect Roger Stannard from Brewster Bye says: “Hanover Square is a unique residential area that combines a leafy park with the grand surroundings and history of Denison Hall, in a popular spot that is just minutes away from Leeds city centre.
“We took all this into account throughout the design of this development and we’re delighted that Leeds City Council’s planning department shared our sentiment. Once complete, Kendal Carr will be a standout development in this part of Leeds that integrates seamlessly into the fabric of the surrounding area, whilst offering a range of modern homes that will prove to be extremely popular.”
LYHA is committed to adding value to existing communities in areas where it works and ensuring it makes a positive local impact. The redevelopment of Kendal Carr, ensuring it is sensitive and in keeping with the local area; whilst providing modern new fit-for-purpose homes, will add value to and enhance the local area as well as benefit local residents.
This project follows recent completion of a similar LYHA scheme in Burley which saw the association work in partnership with Brewster Bye on the sympathetic refurbishment of a Victorian villa on LYHA’s St Ann’s estate to create five apartments, complimented by an additional eight new-build apartments and two houses on the same site.
The existing Kendal Carr building will be demolished this summer with the apartments ready for occupancy during Autumn 2016.
LYHA, along with other Yorkshire-based housing providers, is supporting the national campaign @HomesforBritain to solve the housing crisis in a generation. This includes working together locally to find innovative ways to fund and build new homes that are affordable as well as regenerating existing ones. LYHA is proud to be playing its part in this with a commitment to build 245 new homes by 2018, which is an increase of around 20%.