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Leeds heads for year of expansion in 2019

New plans have been unveiled that will develop a neighborhood city center, making room for Leeds’ predicted expansion.
New plans have been unveiled that will transform the South Bank of Leeds and allow more people to move into the city centre hotspot.

London-based property management company Get Living has revealed details of how its £180 million will be invested in West Yorkshire.

Due to the increasing number of companies moving to Leeds, the city needs to find a way to house all the new people that are wanting to make West Yorkshire their home. The new scheme could do exactly that, by offering 756 ‘build-to-rent’ homes.

According to the designers, it will create a new rental neighbourhood in the heart of Leeds and work is due to start in 2019.

Rick de Blaby, executive deputy chairman of Get Living, said Leeds is “clearly fulfilling” its “vision and ambition at many levels”.

“With the Council’s support through planning and other statutory approvals, we are looking to create a development with a difference that will benefit the city for the long-term by catering to the wide range of people who want to live and work in the area.

“This area to the south of the River Aire and the canal could be totally transformed with the introduction of modern, mid-market accommodation that offers comfortable, safe homes in an attractive waterfront location.”

Get Living’s development would also include a co-working hub for tech businesses and startups, which could bring additional people into the city and making the need for sustainable housing even more apparent.

There are also plans to introduce green landscaped areas to complement the co-working spaces and rental homes but talks are also in progress between Get Living and the Canal and River Trust to see how access to the canal could be opened up.

It’s estimated that the development will create 35,000 new jobs, as well as having the capacity for more than 4,000 new homes and commercial ventures.
For many who have been living in Leeds over the past few years, these latest plans will be a further sign that the city is set for incredible expansion in the near future. Major companies like Sky and Google have already created a home in West Yorkshire but Get Living’s plans show that there could be much more to come.

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