Developer CEG has submitted a detailed planning application for 112 new family homes and 20,500ft² of retail, leisure and community space set around a vibrant public square, designed by FCBStudios.
Kirkstall Forge is a new community within a secluded woodland valley just six minutes from Leeds by train. The mixed-use 57 acre development is underpinned by a series of proposed public spaces – a riverside boulevard, village square, events spaces and communal gardens along the river - and connecting routes which bring landscape into the heart of the community. This first phase of housing will provide a mix of spacious contemporary houses and apartments which makes the most of the surrounding landscape.
Andrew Macintosh, associate at FCBStudios, said: “Much of our inspiration has been taken from ‘model villages’ such as Saltaire and the steep terraced streets found in many Yorkshire towns. The communal, pedestrian-friendly areas in front of the homes also benefit from contemporary Scandinavian ideas about co-housing and will help to build a true sense of community amongst those who are lucky enough to be the first to move into this pioneering neighbourhood. This beautiful urban village creates spaces for a new generation to live, work and explore.”