Plans approved for Whitehall Riverside Build to Rent

Glenbrook receives planning approval for Whitehall Riverside, a £135m Leeds Build to Rent scheme in the city centre.

Whitehall Riverside road view of the new Build to Rent scheme which has received planning approval from Leeds City Council | BTR News
Whitehall Riverside road view of the new Build to Rent scheme which has received planning approval from Leeds City Council.

Following the submission of a planning application earlier this year, Leeds City Council’s planning committee has approved Glenbrook’s plans for Whitehall Riverside, a £135m Build to Rent development in Leeds city centre. This scheme forms part of a wider £280m plan brought forward with Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) – a Leeds-based property investor and car parking operator.

“We are delighted that Glenbrook have secured planning consent for the next phase of development at our flagship Whitehall Riverside scheme. High quality residential accommodation is a key component to the delivery of this mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood, and we are hopeful of securing further planning consents for the commercial elements and wider masterplan in the coming months.”

Craig Burrow, Development Director, TCS

Designed by Sheppard Robson, the residential element of Whitehall Riverside will deliver 500 new Build to Rent apartments across two blocks of 16 and 19 storeys. The scheme offers terrace gardens overlooking the River Aire and amenities across the ground and first floors, with 4,500 sq ft commercial accommodation at ground floor level. Whitehall Riverside has been designed with a focus on the health and wellbeing of its residents and sustainability.

Riverside view of Glenbrook's new Leeds Build to Rent development, Whitehall Riverside | BTR News
Riverside view of Glenbrook’s new Leeds Build to Rent development, Whitehall Riverside.

“Whilst designing this new residential community, wellness was a priority. Green spaces provide areas to relax in the form of terraced gardens within the buildings or through the surrounding new public riverside park, which provides a new active ground floor to the River Aire. Sustainability, through its drive for reduced carbon emissions, has also been at the forefront of the design through its thermal performance, heating, and low carbon energy approach.”

Tony O’Brien, Partner, Sheppard Robson

A landscaping and public realm proposal designed by reform will deliver a new riverside park that aims to enhance the biodiversity of the riverside environment. The inclusive design includes outdoor seating overlooking the river and an open lawned space with opportunities for children’s play. A series of interlinked green streets and cycling routes will also improve connectivity and access.

“This decision to grant planning consent for the residential element of Whitehall Riverside will unlock the delivery of the wider masterplan. Whitehall Riverside will be a premier, highly sustainable development where people will want to come and spend time both now and in decades to come. The design has been carefully considered to create a resilient scheme which is embedded in its surroundings and will encourage an active community. We look forward to starting construction in the new year with completion expected in late 2025.”

Danny Roberts, Senior Development Manager, Glenbrook