Home to around 30,000 people, Leeds city centre exemplifies the best of modern city living.
Close to jobs, major transport connections and with massive potential for development, the city centre is one of the most sustainable and attractive locations for new housing, with capacity for up to 20,000 new homes. As a consequence, the city centre could make a significant contribution to the Leeds Core Strategy housing target of 52,000 homes by 2033, the focus being on delivering sustainable development with on brownfield sites within the city centre.
That potential hasn’t gone unnoticed, and there are already more than 60 schemes in the pipeline across the city centre. These types of innovative and sustainable projects will not only mean greater choice and housing supply, but also better connectivity with surrounding neighbourhoods, where some residents may not currently enjoy easy access to the wealth of social and economic opportunities the city centre has to offer. A healthy city centre housing market will also support the creation of new shared amenities including schools, health facilities, and new public open spaces for leisure and recreation, making for a more inclusive and welcoming urban living environment.
To support the continued growth, diversity and success of the city centre housing market, the council has been bidding for significant funding. A bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), is imminent, with a response expected later this year. If successful, the bid could unlock the development of 7000 homes through £60 million of infrastructure investment, further supporting the city centre as a residential neighbourhood that provides accessible housing opportunities for all.