The famous Monk Bridge off Whithall Road, Leeds is set for an exciting and much needed make over. The bridge and surrounding area have been derelict for some time now. Originally designed by Thomas Grainger in 1846, the old rail way lines go over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The Plans include 463 apartments in two blocks consisting of 17 and 21 storeys. There will be 14 apartments on each floors consisting of studios and 3 bedroom apartments. Tenants will have access to roof top terraces and gardens. All accommodation will be available for private rent. The arches of the bridge will be used for shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
A pre-application hearing has already been held and is largely support by councillors. The chairman of the council Neil James McKenna said he was in favour of the proposals and the scheme would help the council meet housing targets and take away some of the demand on the authority’s green belt sites.