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New Wortley Housing Association Submits Planning Application

Student design work from Leeds Beckett University undergraduates has paved the way for a local community group to submit a Planning Application to Leeds City Council for a new housing scheme in Leeds’ most under-funded postcode.
Student housing plan
New Wortley Housing Association aims to address a chronic housing shortage in LS12 by building social housing owned by its local community, for the local community. The plans for 22 super energy efficient homes and significant improvements to the existing urban environment were co-designed by Architecture and Landscape Architecture students from Leeds School of Arts with community members, residents and architecture practice LEDA.
Cross-section of proposed house

Student design proposal for new housing

New Wortley Housing Association is a subsidiary of the New Wortley Community Association, a local charity that has major ambitions to improve the quality of life for residents of New Wortley. Through direct engagement with Leeds Beckett students and RIBA Chartered Architecture practice Project Office, £2.2 million pounds of investment has been directed into the area since 2013, creating 20 jobs for local people and helping 36 volunteers into work.

A Planning decision is due by late spring, with work due to commence on site by the end of summer 2020.

More information can be found here. 
Consultation event

Consultation event with local community

Craig Stott

Senior Lecturer / Leeds School Of Arts

Craig Stott (MEng, BArch, MA, ARB) is a Project Office co-director, Architect and Senior Architecture Lecturer at the Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University.

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