Receiving planning permission in August 2015 after two years of protracted discussions with the local planning authority, this residential apartment conversion scheme is due to start on site in April 2016.

The project involves the conversion of two Victorian villas, located on the former entrance to the Headingley zoological site, which had previously been used as a local authority day care centre and offices, into 16 1 & 2 bed apartments in this highly sought after area of Headingley.

Having purchased the site from the local authority, the developer had aspirations to develop a multi-apartment scheme for post graduates, enabling them to remain in the area of their student time. Following discussions with the local planning authority, it became evident that this would not be received well locally by various parties. Working with the local authority and the developer SNJ Architectural Design, reconfigured the proposals to develop a scheme which retained many of the fine features of the existing building and site,

whilst creating attractive accommodation for incoming tenants. In contrast to many recent flat-led schemes which had been built in the area recently, the approved scheme retains the vast majority of existing soft landscaping (with additional enhancements made to these and boundary treatments), full parking provisions for all residents (including visitor parking) and the retention of a pair of fine examples of Victorian villas. Incoming residents will enjoy a blend of traditional, original features, and contemporary living with the latest technology at their fingertips.

Grove Villas, Headingley