Major Leeds Build-to-Rent Project Given the Go-Ahead

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    Planning consent has been secured to transform land in Leeds where the UK’s largest social housing
    complex one lived into a major mixed-use scheme. The news is particularly exciting for buy-to-let
    investors as a large part of this development will be build-to-rent apartments.

    The agreement signals the next step in the Leeds project which will bring many new high yield
    properties to the UK market.

    St Cecilia Place

    The new development is to be known as St Cecilia Place, and will be built where the Quarry Hill flats
    stood before they were demolished in 1978.
    The building will include 352 build-to-rent residential units, alongside space for amenities and

    Permission to proceed with the project was granted to the Leeds-based firm DLA Architecture. They
    will be working on the project with ID Planning, on behalf of their client Metropolitan and District
    Securities (MDS).

    Sue Sparling, director at DLA Architecture, said of the project’s name, “The site is located on St
    Cecilia Street and through early consultation we established St Cecilia is the patron saint of
    musicians and therefore, it felt appropriate the development should be known as St Cecilia Place.”

    Sought-after amenities

    The development will comprise three interlinked buildings of 19, 20 and 22 storeys, which will be
    connected by two eight-story buildings.

    As well as the apartments, the ground floor will include many sought-after amenities, including
    outdoor space in the form of two courtyards, cycle storage and a residential car park. Such amenities
    as these are now high on residents’ wish lists, and their inclusion can help create a high rental yield
    property in many UK cities.

    Sue Sparling said of the plans, “Our design approach recognises the historic building fabric and
    characteristics of the island site whilst also complementing the more recent developments in the

    “A significant level of amenity space is incorporated, with large communal roof gardens creating
    vibrant spaces with far-reaching views of the wider city.

    “The building forms create two south-facing landscaped courtyards, along with ecological and visual
    enhancement of the retained landscape corridor to the north of the site, which is part of the wider
    Leeds Habitat Network.”

    Cultural quarter location

    St Cecilia Place will sit in the Leeds cultural quarter and forms the final piece of the city’s Quarry Hill
    masterplan. As Sue Sparling explained, “the wider Quarry Hill masterplan is known as the cultural
    quarter of Leeds and includes Leeds Playhouse, the Northern Ballet and Leeds College of Music

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