An eight-storey block of flats in Beeston, West Yorkshire, which had become a virtual no-go area because of the drunks and muggers, known by locals as the 'dustbin of Leeds', is about to get a new lease of life under plans to make it into one of the country’s biggest green housing projects.

Shaftesbury House is being transformed into one of the country’s first zero-carbon residential schemes with nearly 200 apartments that will produce more energy than they use.

It has been renamed the Greenhouse, and Citu, a local developer, with backing from Co-operative Bank and Leeds city council, is creating one of the most environmentally friendly UK housing projects, as well as one of the most high-tech and affordable. It is due for completion next year.

Sunday Times