The Guinness Partnership has completed the acquisition of a 928-home site – the biggest in the housing association’s 129 year history – with full planning permission at Hunslet Road near Leeds Docks and the Royal Armouries Museum.
Guinness has committed to ensuring at least 35% of the available homes will be for the affordable housing market, compared to previous plans for the site, which allowed for 5% of the new homes to be affordable.
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.
“This site, within the Leeds South Bank Regeneration and 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.”