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Snags to city-centre living

Lack of services taking the shine off 24-hour lifestyles

Joanne Ginley

YOUNG professionals and others attracted to city centre living by the promise of a 24-hour lifestyle are being let down by a lack of basic services such as food shops and healthcare, claims a councillor.

Over recent years Leeds has seen a boom in the development of urban apartments and an increase in the number of people choosing to live in the city centre close to bars, clubs, restaurants and their workplaces.

But Coun Mohammed Iqbal (Lab, City and Hunslet) said it has become more and more apparent that basic facilities such as GP surgeries, dentistry and grocery shops are severely lacking.

Residents have contacted him to vent their growing frustration at having to travel several miles just for a simple doctor's appointment.

Many no longer have a car because they are living in the city centre but find themselves having to pay for taxis to get them there and back.

Coun Iqbal is putting pressure on local health chiefs to address the situation. It is understood details of a new walk-in healthcare centre in the middle of the city will be announced shortly before it opens later this year.

He said: "Leeds city centre is fast becoming one of the most cosmopolitan places to live, particularly among young professionals and we need to make sure services are available that reflect the ever increasing population.

"I and my fellow ward colleagues have been inundated with requests for a centralised GPs' surgery following the growth in city centre living."

It is estimated there are now about 3,493 apartments in Leeds, almost another 3,000 under construction and a further 4,440 with planning permission, bringing the total number of homes to almost 11,000.

There are about another 7,000 applications for consideration in the planning system.

Although the pace of development has been aggressive, there has been a shortfall in the creation of basic services.

Last year a study on city living in Leeds, carried out by academic Rachael Unsworth, of Leeds University, found similar concerns.

Dr Unsworth questioned more than 500 households for the survey, commissioned by developer KW Linfoot, to help it find out what customers were looking for.

Figures showed there is a transient population, with 80 per cent saying they would stay in their property for less than two years.

Her study revealed more food shops, green spaces, health centres and recycling facilities would all encourage people to stay longer.

Sixty per cent of the residents were under the age of 30 and 56 per cent of those questioned were male.

More than 60 per cent of the respondents earned more than £35,000, and about one in 10 do not count their apartment as their main home.

Lifestyle and proximity to work were the top reasons for choosing to live in the heart of the city, though a minority of respondents live in the city, but commute to work in Wakefield and Bradford

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If a city is so poorly served by public transport into its nearest suberbs then there is something much more wrong than the house prices.

There is a doctors in the centre of Manchester. Nearest then is Hulme and Brunswick which are prob about a mile away and fairly close to public transport routes if you know where they are. :)

There was an article on the local news recnetly about a young mum saying how nice it was living in the city centre - showing her local park as the one by canal street & sackville street.

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More than 60 per cent of the respondents earned more than £35,000,

not having this :o

Sixty per cent of the residents were under the age of 30

Do you have to be under 30 to earn more than 35K? :huh:

Leeds :o

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It is estimated there are now about 3,493 apartments in Leeds, almost another 3,000 under construction and a further 4,440 with planning permission, bringing the total number of homes to almost 11,000.

There are about another 7,000 applications for consideration in the planning system.

Although the pace of development has been aggressive, there has been a shortfall in the creation of basic services.

Surely this cannot be right. Are there only 3,493 apartments in Leeds? Including I presume a lot of new builds? And this is going to rise to at least 11,000 and potentially to 18,000. That would mean that the number of apartments in Leeds has jumped by 3-5 or even more times recently. I cannot believe that this would not create a glut of new flats.

Billy Shears

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Surely this cannot be right. Are there only 3,493 apartments in Leeds? Including I presume a lot of new builds? And this is going to rise to at least 11,000 and potentially to 18,000. That would mean that the number of apartments in Leeds has jumped by 3-5 or even more times recently. I cannot believe that this would not create a glut of new flats.

Billy Shears

These will fall faster than a whores knickers.

That new apartment smell...

thats negative equity

Undersupply doesn't apply B)

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These will fall faster than a whores knickers.

I dunno about that In Leeds. Apparently the RLD is in the heart of a new devlopment so they are cracking down now.

For decades they haven't managed to get rid of prostitution, but in the name of capitalism ...

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60% earning more than 35k.... That must be most of the top 5% of leeds, if most of the people are earning 35k that leaves everyone else in leeds earning less than 35k to fill the glut...

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Surely this cannot be right. Are there only 3,493 apartments in Leeds? Including I presume a lot of new builds? And this is going to rise to at least 11,000 and potentially to 18,000. That would mean that the number of apartments in Leeds has jumped by 3-5 or even more times recently. I cannot believe that this would not create a glut of new flats.

Billy Shears

Nice leafy-green trendy suburbs (eg Far Headingley, Roundhay, Chapel Allerton)a mile or two from the centre have always existed in Leeds.......The centre itself like in most cities except maybe London and Edinburgh was surrounded by an industrial wasteland which is where most of these 18,000 flats are going up.......The Royal Armouries area is the place where it's gone really crazy.

but unlike the traditional trendy areas they lack any local amenities.....

and the prices are insane..........As elsewhere in the UK you can buy a small terraced house in the established trendy areas for the price of a 2 bed hotel-style flat in the windswept wasteland that surrounds the centre.

Manchester has even more of these white elephants than Leeds......................They will halve in value even if the rest of the market holds up................

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Anyone seen the miniture btl flat complex being built on the sliver of land between the canal & west rail exit of leeds station?

You could swing you're arms out & touch it, it'll be like that scene in the 80's film "Blue's Brothers" film were their flat collapses due to tremors & the racket from passing trains

:lol:

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