Plans submitted for Sweet Street Build to Rent

A planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council for PLATFORM_’s Sweet Street Build to Rent development.

Arial view of the Sweet Street Build to Rent development brought forward by PLATFORM_ | BTR News
Arial view of the Sweet Street Build to Rent development brought forward by PLATFORM_.

A planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council for Sweet Street, a mixed-use development brought forward by PLATFORM_, which represents a £500m investment for the local region. The masterplan will deliver up to 1,350 Build to Rent apartments – a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes in the ambitious 1.3 million sq ft development.

The masterplan also includes 200,000 sq ft of commercial space, delivered across two Grade A sustainable office buildings, new leisure and retail opportunities, and the regeneration of the much-loved historic pub – The Commercial. PLATFORM_ is targeting BREEAM Excellent for the Grade A office buildings. Amenities at Sweet Street include a gym, residents lounges and dedicated co-working space.

Sweet Street has been designed with green space throughout, and placemaking initiatives carefully woven into the masterplan to create a flagship destination for people to live, work and socialise.

Sweet Street Corner with the regeneration of the much-loved historic pub - The Commercial | BTR News
Sweet Street Corner with the regeneration of the much-loved historic pub – The Commercial.

The proposals also include a new public square acting as a focal point and a place for the local community to gather with independent shops and cafes. Landscaped areas throughout the site will create an attractive environment which links to the wider community. 

“We see fantastic opportunities in Leeds, one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, and the South Bank area in particular. We are proud to present a transformational vision to create a community-first development that epitomises the very best of inclusive, modern day living.

“The Sweet Street development represents an exciting and evolutionary addition to our portfolio, whilst also underlining our commitment to long-term investment in the region. We are aiming to commence works to bring our vision to life in 2023.”

Jean-Marc Vandevivere, CEO, PLATFORM_

PLATFORM_ has a comprehensive energy and sustainability strategy for the Sweet Street neighbourhood. It combines renewable energy sources, smart in-home technologies and energy efficient heating and lighting systems which will help to create a sustainable, low carbon development that supports the city’s ambition to become net zero carbon by 2038.

The Sweet Street site is in the South Bank regeneration area which is extending the city centre to the south. The scheme is about a ten-minute walk from Leeds Central rail station, which offers residents easy access to amenities including shops, restaurants, health centres and schools. 

Sweet Street courtyard | BTR News
Sweet Street courtyard.

PLATFORM_ purchased the eight acres Sweet Street site last year and the proposed development will accelerate the regeneration of the South Bank area, by delivering a thriving, mixed-use quarter on a brownfield site which has been vacant since 2009. The development is expected to create 360 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs during the construction phase and once completed. It will also support over 1,000 new FTE jobs across the proposed residential, office, retail, commercial and leisure uses. 

The new Build to Rent apartments also responds to Leeds City Council’s ambitious Housing Strategy 2022-27 and its Best City Ambition initiative. This seeks to improve housing stock available across the city and improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Leeds home. 

“Intrinsic to our design has been positive collaboration with Leeds City Council and stakeholders, including Leeds Civic Trust and the Holbeck Neighbourhood Forum. This has helped us to carefully shape our proposals to ensure that the scheme responds to the requirements of the city and enriches existing neighbourhoods, helping to futureproof housing options and aid economic growth. 

“As one of the first Build to Rent developers and operators to launch in the UK, PLATFORM_ has a strong track record of delivering quality residential schemes across the country. We now hope to take this experience forward to successfully deliver a sustainable community in the heart of Leeds that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Matt Willcock, Development Director, PLATFORM_