Plans to regenerate a brownfield site on Mabgate with approximately 310 apartments, as well as communal, co-working and creative space have been submitted to Leeds City Council. The proposed scheme would bring a unique landmark development to an underutilised site within an existing creative environment.

Subject to planning permission, the proposed development will further the regeneration that is taking place in this area of Leeds and offer a choice of high-quality accommodation on a key gateway site between St James’s University Hospital and the city centre. The scheme will centre around a communal heart, as a focal point for residents to meet, relax and collaborate.

Each of the high-specification apartments will be available solely for rent, offering real choice to key workers and other members of the local community who are traditionally left behind by the rental market.

The hybrid planning application which seeks permission for the principle of the development, is being brought forward by HBD, a Yorkshire founded and locally trusted developer with a national track record of successful and high-quality developments across the UK. It is anticipated that further ‘reserved matters’ planning applications will be submitted at a later date to agree the details of appearance, access, landscaping, layout and scale.

Members of the public were invited to have their say on the proposals at the start of the year. Respondents to the online survey provided feedback on the design and layout of the site, the sustainability of the scheme, and the importance of retaining heritage in the local area. HBD and the project team have listened, responded, and tried to incorporate this feedback, where possible, into the proposals.

Richard Hinds, development surveyor at HBD, said: “We are grateful for the constructive feedback which we received from members of the public on our proposed plans for Mabgate. This is a vibrant and exciting neighbourhood with a unique creative arts scene. Our ambition is to deliver a scheme which is in keeping with this culture and heritage, and delivers on the priorities of the local community.

“The comments we have received will not only help shape this hybrid planning application, but will also inform our plans for any future reserved matters application. As responsible neighbours, HBD is committed to engaging with local residents and businesses throughout the planning application and beyond.”