THE Guinness Partnership has completed what it says is the biggest housing acquisition in its 129-year history.
The 928-home site at Hunslet Road, near Leeds Docks and the Royal Armouries Museum, has full planning permission.
Guinness says it plans to make 35% of the homes available for the “affordable” housing market, compared to previous plans for the site, which only allowed for 5% of such homes.
The site is just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds Station and the new HS2, with Leeds South Bank set to provide 35,000 jobs and deliver 8,000 new homes over the next 15 years. The Hunslet Road site will offer 600,000 sq ft of homes and commercial space to contribute to this vision.
The site was bought with the support of part of the funding recently granted by Homes England to Guinness to start building an extra 4,500 affordable homes across England by 2022.
“This site, within the Leeds South Bank Regeneration & Innovation District, is a fantastic opportunity for us to create over 900 homes in a vibrant new neighbourhood in Leeds,” said Catriona Simons, chief executive of the Guinness Partnership.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “The Guinness Partnership’s proposals are fantastic news for Leeds. That it is committing to its biggest ever scheme here and intending to deliver so many new affordable homes is a real mark of confidence in our vision for the South Bank, where we want to ensure regeneration and growth benefits all the city’s residents.”
Major development and investment is already underway in South Bank, with the delivery of new education facilities for secondary and further education, proposals for a new city park and plans moving forward for renewal of the city centre transport network.