Our project at Latitude Blue in Leeds for HUB gained planning permission at January’s LCC Planning Committee representing a further endorsement of Leeds’ emerging BtR sector. It’s been a pleasure working alongside an excellent design team over the past year, including Avison Young's Leeds planning team, Max Fordham LLP, MRG Studio, Mosodi and Robert Bird Group.
Previously the site of the Doncaster and Monkbridge Iron and Steelworks, the proposal for Latitude Blue of 488 BtR homes represents the third site we are actively working on within the immediate context. Development of our projects on the adjacent Latitude Purple (also for HUB) and The Junction (for CDL) sites are progressing well and this area is shaping up to become a vibrant new residential-led quarter of the city. At the heart of this area will be the Monk Bridge elevated park which will provide a direct pedestrian link back into the City creating a commercial spine to the area at ground floor; all of which will combine to bring this currently vacant section of the canal & city to life.
Latitude Blue will be a marker development at the centre of this regeneration; the ambitious proposal seeks to open the ground plane creating a significant area of pedestrian focused public realm set against the listed Monk Bridge viaduct arches and the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Opportunities will exist for children’s informal play, commercial uses to spill out and pedestrians to stop and sit amongst landscape offering views onto the canal and viaduct. The generous public realm is framed by two residential towers, at 31 and 26 storeys, linked by a shared podium which provides activity and life at the ground and first floors, forming the heart of the development.
Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher (CJCT) have already begun the process of preparing information for construction with the intention to be on site this summer.