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Leeds' Radius PRS scheme set for planning approval

A major private rented scheme in Leeds looks set to go ahead after it was backed for approval by city planning officers.

Planning officers recommended that Leeds City Council’s planning committee approve the 16-storey Radius scheme when it meets next week.

The 224-apartment project, which is being brought forward by developer Citylife, will be built on Whitehall Road in Holbeck.

An existing industrial unit on the site will be demolished to make way for the project, which will include a multi-storyed, brick-clad residential block along with public realm and nearly 5,300 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor.

The scheme, which has been designed by Nick Brown Architects, has been redesigned from its pre-application stage, with the final planning application increasing the building’s lowest area to four storeys in height, up from three.

The planning application also increased the number of units from 215 to 224.

Radius is also backed by Leeds Civic Trust, which describes the project as “trailblazing” and hopes it will unlock “an unloved corner” of Holbeck just outside Leeds city centre.

It is the latest major development to be brought forward in the city this year, after councillors agreed in principle to back the £350m Leeds South Bank project, also in Holbeck.

The scheme would see the construction of 255,000 sq ft of office, residential and commercial space, including a 40-storey tower, across four adjacent sites covering 2.4 ha.

In March, Leeds City Council also asked developers to register their interest in regenerating a 1.1 ha site of the former Leeds International Pool on Lisbon Street in the city’s business district.

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