East Leeds Urban Deprivation Case Study

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Case Study: Deprivation and Urban Decay in East Leeds
Leeds is located in the North of England
The east area of Leeds comprises of the inner-city suburbs of Harehills and Gipton, and the out
suburb of Seacroft and Killingbeck
71250 people living in the area in 2005
30500 occupied households
Harehills: Inner-city Deprivation and Decay
Located 1-2km from the CBD
Built between 1870 and 1914, many of the
original terraced houses remain
Harehills is the most densely populated ward in
There is low quality housing in the area
Two thirds of housing is rented from the council and housing associations
The low cost housing attracts low income groups, this includes significant ethnic minorities such as
Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and African-Caribbean's
Social and Economic Issues
A large proportion of Harehills residents experience multiple deprivation
The area is placed in the worst 5% of deprived cities
Two in five households receive council benefits, this is four times as many as the leafy outer
Unemployment in the area is high, in 2006 it was 8%
In the age group 16-74 years only 57% of Harehills population were economically active
The high levels of unemployment are down to a lack of skills, poor education and ill-health
45% of adults living in Harehills have no educational qualifications
Less than a third of GCSE students obtain a pass
12.1% of residents in Harehills at the last census stated that
they were not in good health
Harehills has a below average life expectancy of 71.7 years for
The population density of Harehills is very high at around 125
people per hectare
Reported crime levels in Harehills are around four times higher
than other areas of Leeds
Seacroft: Deprivation and Urban Decay on a Peripheral Estate

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A huge post war housing development, on the outskirts of Leeds
The housing estate comprises mainly of relatively low density semi detached family homes
During the 1960s some high rise blocks of flats were constructed
A shopping centre which had been built for the area was demolished in the 1990s due to vandalism
The area has a population of around 90000 people
97% of people in the area are white ethnic groups
Economic Issues
In the 5% of most deprived wards of the United…read more


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