Harrow Estates welcomes go-ahead for Horsforth Scheme
Harrow Estates have welcomed news this week that a Government Inspector and the Secretary of State have approved their redevelopment plans for the former Clariant Chemicals site in Horsforth, Leeds.
The plans will replace the now disused former chemical factory with up to 400 homes, public open space, small retail unit together with improvements to the local road infrastructure and investment in the existing sports ground and pavilion. The development also clears the way for the redevelopment of the adjacent former Riverside Mills complex for a further 150 homes.
Jennie Daly, Managing Director of Harrow Estates said:
“We’re delighted that the Planning Inspector and Secretary of State have backed our well thought out proposals for the site, and look forward now to working with the City Council and local community in delivering a high quality development.
“Redevelopment will remove a local and prominent eyesore, provide much needed additional housing and ensure that local infrastructure is enhanced, such as improved roads, public transport and sports ground.
“The Clariant site has been closed for a number of years and this decision means that at long last it can be redeveloped, with much needed investment going back into the area and the site becoming a thriving part of the local community again.”
The proposals were rejected by Leeds City Council last year but the Inspector stressed that redevelopment would deliver significant benefits to: the character and appearance of the locality; public transport; local infrastructure; and meeting the Council’s housing land requirement.
The scheme will also mean millions of pounds of additional funding for Leeds City Council, through schemes such as the New Homes Bonus, as well as a range of local projects being funded as a direct result of this scheme through Section 106 contributions.
The team at Harrow have already begun work on redevelopment, with demolition and site clearance works due to begin shortly. In addition, improvements to the local road infrastructure will be carried out and a Reserved Matters Application will be submitted in due course to confirm the detail of a proposed development on the site.
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