Six high-rise buildings in Leeds to be demolished after exceeding their original design life

Leeds City Council’s executive board is set to approve plans to rehouse residents and demolish six high-rise buildings across Leeds, which have exceeded their original design life.

Although the blocks remain safe at present, the council believes the demolition of the schemes is necessary, as the developments would require significant investment for them to be of an appropriate living standard in the future.

The future use and development of the sites will be subject to further review, with the goal to deliver and develop high-quality affordable housing on the sites.

Extensive consultation has already taken place with residents in Bailey Towers, Brookland Towers and Ramshead Heights in Seacroft, Leafield Towers in Moortown, and Raynville Court and Raynville Grange in Armley, with the council promising they will be fully supported through the rehousing process.

The council’s executive board is set to agree to prioritise council tenants’ housing applications, to ensure they are successfully placed into suitable long-term housing.

Tenants who have lived in their homes for 12 months or more will also qualify for compensation.

Cllr Jess Lennox, Leeds City Council’s executive member for housing, commented: “The demolition of the tower blocks is an important step towards future proofing the council’s housing stock, ensuring that we meet our commitment to delivering good quality and affordable homes for residents.

“However, we understand the impact that this will have on our residents across the sites, and I would like to extend my thanks for their constructive engagement with the council so far.

“We’ve undertaken extensive and proactive consultation with all our impacted residents and will continue to do so, as we are absolutely committed to ensuring any disruption is minimal.”

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