Amended plans approved for Leeds Urban Village

Cole Waterhouse and Tonia Investments secure amended planning consent for Leeds Urban Village mixed-use scheme which includes Build to Rent.

Cole Waterhouse and Tonia Investments' Leeds Urban Village mixed-use scheme which includes 478 Build to Rent homes | BTR News
Cole Waterhouse and Tonia Investments' Leeds Urban Village mixed-use scheme which includes 478 Build to Rent homes.

Joint venture partners Cole Waterhouse and Tonia Investments have secured a significant amended planning consent for Leeds Urban Village, a £185m mixed-use, residential led scheme in the East of Leeds city centre.

The joint venture acquired the 3.8-acre site in May 2022 with full detailed planning permission for 1,012 apartments across five towers ranging from 13-23 storeys, alongside commercial space on the ground floor. Of the 1,012 homes, 478 will be Build to Rent apartments.

Following the purchase of the Leeds Urban Village site, Cole Waterhouse and Tonia Investment appointed Leeds-based DLG Architects and landscape specialists Exterior Architects to review the scheme design, with a focus on enhanced placemaking and a significant review of its wind mitigation features.

Worked closely with a range of stakeholders through the summer – including Leeds City Council – a Section 73 Minor Material Amendment Application was submitted in December 2022.

Securing planning approval means that there are wholesale changes to the building’s elevational and public realm design. Wind mitigation measures have also been substantially improved through changes to the towers’ form and massing.

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Leeds Urban Village.

Leeds Urban Village will deliver ground floor spaces that will accommodate retail, food and beverage, as well as a considered range of resident amenities such as a shared pantry, cinema, gym and a ‘library of things’ – appliances and useful equipment for people to borrow.

Designed by Exterior Architecture, the public realm at Leeds Urban Village features a climbing wall and spaces for active play, and a large central hub offers opportunities for events, markets and gatherings. A new cycle hub within the public realm is also proposed, with direct platform lift access to basement parking and a range of high-quality cycle welfare facilities.

The Leeds Urban Village development has considered resident health and wellbeing from the outset of design and is targeting a Fitwel rating.

“These design enhancements will ensure that Leeds Urban Village is a desirable new urban neighbourhood and a cultural destination in itself, designed to meet and exceed people’s expectations now and in the future.

“Located in the heart of Leeds city centre with both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Great Northern Ballet nearby, we have looked at how we best build on the surrounding cultural offer to deliver a vibrant and meaningful placemaking strategy, to strengthen further our engagement with the cultural and creative community in Leeds as our vision for the site develops.

“We have been working with Colliers to secure development funding and also working on the appointment of a main contractor. We are aiming to start on site in Q2 2024 to deliver the first phases of much needed Built to Rent homes for the city of Leeds.”

George Smith, Planning Manager, Cole Waterhouse

Cole Waterhouse has a strong track record in the residential and Build to Rent sector and has a current pipeline to deliver over 2,000 residential units across its sites in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.