Housing in an Urban Area (Leeds) - Case Study

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1 ­ Leeds: Housing in an Urban Area
> Tenure, access, opportunities, constraints, patterns.
Location: a city in West Yorkshire, England.
Seacroft: outer-city suburb, east Leeds.
- Industrial Revolution of 19th Century led to growth of towns;
meaning a demand for cheap housing, resulted in high density
housing with an overcrowded population.
- Houses were built in terraces: few amenities provided, many
are now redeveloped.
- In 1981, the census figures showed the tenure was
approximately 60% rented, unfurnished and 82% had WC, hot
water and a bath.
- Now: consists mainly of council estate housing.
- Opportunities: Seacroft Green Shopping Centre, regular bus
services.
Burley: an inner city area of north-west Leeds.
- Councils cleared the worst of the slums in the 50s and 60s;
many residents were rehoused on large council estates on
fringes on the city.
- Consisted of high-rise and low-rise tower blocks built near city
boundaries; and single-story terraces with some gardens and
car parking.
- In 1981, the census figures showed the tenure was 100%
council, and 100% with WC, hot water and a bath.
- Now: red brick terraced housing, and green spaces.
- Opportunities: several pubs and members clubs, two gyms.

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Roundhay: a large suburb and City Council ward of north-east
Leeds.
- Outward growth of cities began with public transport and
popularity of private cars.
- Houses built in outer suburbs after WW2 characterised by
front and back gardens.
- Garages, semi-detached, with bay windows; well-planned and
spacious.
- In 1981, the census figures shows the tenure was over 70%
owner occupied, and 100% with WC, hot water and a bath.
- Now: terraces, villas and twentieth century detached and
semi-detached housing.…read more

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