The Leeds Story: City Centre Students and Industrial Estate Living

  • Ben CliffordEmail author
  • Jessica Ferm
  • Nicola Livingstone
  • Patricia Canelas


This chapter tells the story of office-to-residential change of use in Leeds. The chapter considers the general context and consequences of PD in Leeds, highlighting the issues seen there, with positives of bringing residential use into the city centre offset against issues relating to the location of some schemes on active industrial estates and the way a high proportion is not housing for residents but student and short-term rental accommodation. These issues surrounding the amount of proper housing actually being delivered are considered alongside a range of other consequences of the central government-driven deregulation locally in Leeds.


Planning Housing Offices Industrial estates Students Leeds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Clifford
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica Ferm
    • 2
  • Nicola Livingstone
    • 3
  • Patricia Canelas
    • 4
  1. 1.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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