Guinness acquires new development near Leeds Docks

23 April 2019

Hunslet Road will provide 928 homes and be the basis for a dynamic community for local people and residents

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The Guinness Partnership has successfully completed the acquisition of a 928 home site – the biggest in the housing association’s 129 year history – with full planning permission at Hunslet Road near Leeds Docks and the Royal Armouries Museum.

Demonstrating Guinness’s commitment to meeting the local housing need, Guinness has committed to ensuring at least 35% of the available homes will be for the affordable housing market, compared to previous plans for the site, which only allowed for 5% of the new homes to be affordable.

The site is just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds Station and the new HS2, with Leeds South Bank set to provide 35,000 jobs and deliver 8,000 new homes over the next 15 years. The Hunslet Road site will offer 600,000 sq ft of homes and commercial space to contribute to this vision.

The site was purchased with the support of part of the funding recently granted by Homes England to Guinness to start building an extra 4,500 affordable homes across England by 2022.

This site, within the Leeds South Bank Regeneration and Innovation District, is a fantastic opportunity for us to create over 900 homes in a vibrant new neighbourhood in Leeds. We intend at least 35% of the homes to be affordable.”

– Catriona Simons, Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, greeted the announcement by saying:

“The Guinness Partnership’s proposals are fantastic news for Leeds. That it is committing to its biggest ever scheme here and intending to deliver so many new affordable homes is a real mark of confidence in our vision for the South Bank, where we want to ensure regeneration and growth benefits all the city’s residents.”

Major development and investment is already underway in South Bank, with the delivery of new education facilities for secondary and further education, proposals for a new city park and plans moving forward for renewal of the city centre transport network.