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We have anticipated some of the most common questions about the draft proposals for Mabgate Yard and set out answers below.

The site has historically been used for industrial and warehousing purposes although the building’s age and its form does not meet modern day logistical practices. The previous owner, Cohen and Wilks, operated from the site for circa 30 years before they made the strategic decision to consolidate operations and sell the premises in 2020. HBD worked with C&W by providing a flexible leaseback term to assist in providing a smooth transition for the business over the course of the past year.

Mabgate Yard will be a development of high-quality apartments available solely for rent. Community will be the focus of the development, with shared amenities and green space available to residents to establish a community feel.

Rental contracts will be flexible in order to offer a better deal to those traditionally left behind by the housing market.

The site benefits from excellent sustainable transport options allowing residents and users to access local and wider city centre services by walking, cycling and public transport. The development is located less than ten minutes’ walk from Leeds City Bus Station.

Leeds City Council is planning highway improvements surrounding the site; including restricting Mabgate to a one-way vehicular route, widening the pedestrian footway and introducing a 20mph speed limit. These measures will further enhance the pedestrian environment.

The development aims to provide a limited car dependent environment. The location is on the fringe of the city centre and within walking distance of the bus station and train station, so it provides a sustainable location. It will function like other city centre locations which are not reliant on providing parking spaces.

Around 50 spaces will be available, but with travel planning, car club, cycle parking, and other infrastructure the scheme will encourage environmentally friendly travel options.

The intention is to work towards delivering net zero carbon buildings and delivering renewable energy on site.

Whilst the site is not known to have flooded historically, HBD has taken steps to mitigate and lessen the potential of flooding. It is intended that vulnerable land uses will be raised above the projected 100 year flood level, ensuring the scheme is safe should the site flood in the future. The Lady Beck Culvert has been incorporated into the scheme design and areas of soft landscaping provide better sustainable urban drainage to protect against potential flooding.

The proposed scheme reflects the intimate nature of the existing buildings in Mabgate with appropriate height and distances between buildings. The building heights range from 6 to 9 storeys which provide a harmonising rise and fall across the site which is not imposing to street level or adjacent buildings.

We are undertaking public consultation in January 2022, with a view to submitting a hybrid planning application by February 2022. In addition, a Listed Building application will be required for the works required to make good the northern elevation of Hope Foundry, following the demolition of the building on the application site which is affixed to the Hope Foundry building.

A hybrid planning application seeks permission for the principle of development; further ‘reserved matters’ planning applications will be submitted in the second half of 2022 to agree the details of appearance, access, landscaping, layout and scale.

Subject to obtaining permission, demolition could begin at the end of 2022 and following reserved matters stage, building work could commence in 2023.