Student housing held to enhance area

The redevelopment of a linen mill in Leeds to create 160 student flats has been allowed after an inspector found that it would contribute to an interesting streetscape, lift and enhance the area and help to re-establish a sense of local distinctiveness.

Although the mill was perceived as a local landmark, the inspector observed that the main building had been badly neglected and vandalised while other structures on the site appeared to be in poor condition and of little visual merit.

She acknowledged that the mass, height and scale of the proposal would considerably exceed not only the existing buildings but also the development around them. However, she held that this outcome seemed inevitable if the land were to be used efficiently.

In her view, the scheme would not lead to a negative impact on regeneration as the council feared, rather the reverse. She added that investment at the site might well help to kick-start other projects in the area.

DCS Number 100-050-498

Inspector Christina Downes; Inquiry.

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