by Stephen Farrell Senior Digital Staff Write

Almost 450 homes could be built on the site of a former leatherworks in Leeds if newly submitted plans get the go-ahead.

Domus UK, supported by WYG and Hester Architects, has submitted an application to Leeds City Council for the redevelopment of a site on Buslingthorpe Lane in Chapeltown.

The specialist residential property developer is seeking planning permission for 449 apartments across five buildings at Hilltop Works, a brownfield site and former leatherworks which has largely fallen into disuse since the 1960s.

The plans comprise five multi-storey buildings featuring a range of one, two and three-bedroom homes, meeting the council’s requirements for affordable homes.

Also included in the proposals are 2,755 sq ft of multipurpose community space and a children’s play area. A total of 324 parking spaces and new footpath connections would be created.

A sculptural brick feature will be contained within a central building to replicate the site’s former chimney and a new entrance building will incorporate stones from the former cottages.

Ian Layford, investment director at Domus UK said: “We are delighted to reach this milestone in our project to regenerate Hilltop Works with much-needed homes. Our proposals are attractive and deliverable and can act as a catalyst to further economic investment in North Leeds.

“Our work with local stakeholders and residents has helped shape these exciting proposals, which will finally bring this neglected space back into use. We look forward to continuing this dialogue as plans progress.”

Domus held a public consultation in October, with 84 per cent of respondents either supportive or balanced in their feedback on the proposals.

A decision on the planning application is expected in early 2020.

A previous application submitted to demolish the mill structures and construct 228 new homes in five buildings was refused planning permission in November 2017 due to the absence of a signed planning obligation agreement.

Domus UK is wholly owned by NCH Capital Inc, a New York-based multibillion-dollar fund.

From: https://www.insidermedia.com/news/yorkshire/450-homes-planned-for-former-leatherworks