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HUB and Bridges Get Green Light for Second BTR Scheme in Leeds

Developer HUB and Bridges Fund Management (“Bridges”), a specialist sustainable and impact investor, have received planning approval from Leeds City Council for a significant residential-led regeneration scheme. The development, named Latitude Blue, will include circa 485 homes and will occupy the second of two adjacent brownfield sites acquired by HUB and Bridges in 2021.

The first of HUB’s Leeds developments, Latitude Purple, started on site in autumn 2021, and will deliver 463 homes. The development was forward funded by Canadian real estate investment company Realstar and is set for completion in 2024. Together with the newly consented Latitude Blue scheme, this brings the total number of homes that HUB is delivering across both sites to circa 950, making a significant contribution to the regeneration of this exciting area of Leeds.

Designed by Leeds based architects Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher (CJCT), the plans for Latitude Blue sit at the heart of an emerging mixed-use neighbourhood on Whitehall Road. The development, previously the site of the Doncaster Monkbridge Iron and Steelworks dating back to 1846, comprises two residential blocks of 25 and 30 storeys, as well as ground floor amenity space.

Ideally located less than ten minutes’ walk from Leeds railway station, providing access to both regional and national routes, Latitude Blue continues HUB and Bridges’ focus on delivering homes in well-connected locations. Directly adjacent to Leeds’s largest new office development, Wellington Place, the scheme sits on the western edge of the city centre, where a flourishing business community includes the new Channel 4 HQ, which moved to the city last year.

HUB and Bridges’ scheme was developed in close collaboration with the local community, ensuring that the development will serve both its residents and neighbours. The community cited new public realm as a top priority, and the plans for the site involve extensive landscaping, designed to make the best of nearby features including the canal frontage and listed viaduct, which is currently being transformed into a new elevated landscaped public park.

As well as new homes for local residents, Latitude Blue will provide active uses at ground floor, designed to bring the community together. HUB and Bridges have consulted closely with local people on their priorities for these spaces, which will house a variety of cafes and workspace. The scheme will deliver significant levels of affordable rental housing, in line with local policy.

Sustainability is another key consideration for the development, and proposals include an efficient energy strategy, low levels of car parking, extensive cycle facilities, and soft landscaped areas that promote biodiversity.

Victoria Manston, senior development manager at HUB, said: “We are thrilled that Leeds City Council has approved our plans for Latitude Blue, which are the result of close collaboration with the local community. We hope to start on site later this year, and look forward to delivering a scheme that contributes positively to the local area, as well as providing a fantastic place to live. HUB and Bridges have a strong track record of delivering beautifully-designed homes in the UK’s best locations, and we are excited to bring this experience to our second scheme in Leeds.”