15th December 2011

Major New Development Granted Planning Permission


Planning permission was recently granted for a major new residential development for Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA). The 16-unit scheme will be built on the site of the former West Grange Road Social Club in Belle Isle South Leeds.

Derelict for years, West Grange Road Social Club fell into disrepair becoming problematic for the site’s owners, Leeds City Council (LCC). This is where local housing-provider LFHA stepped in to acquire the site for redevelopment and reverse its fortunes. Brewster Bye Architects and LFHA worked closely with LCC’s Housing development office, local Ward Members and residents to draw up a scheme of 16 houses, varying from 2-bed bungalows to 4-bed family housing. West Grange Road is one of LFHA’s largest schemes in the area to date and answers an acute need for family-housing in the area.

Built in the 1930’s, much of Belle Isle was conceived in the model of the early 20th century Garden Cities such as Letchworth and Welwyn. The scheme design continues this long tradition of well-built brick-built housing that is robust yet characterful and employs the bricklayer’s skills to the full. The scheme is designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Lifetime Homes and Secured By Design standards ensuring environmental and social sustainability now and into the future. The development is currently out to tender and is due for completion in December 2012.